The military intelligence plane overshot the runway and ended up in the shallow waters of Kaneohe Bay
A US Navy reconnaissance plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean after a failed landing attempt at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii on Monday afternoon, military officials said.
The P-8A Poseidon plane overshot the runway at Marine Corps Facility Kaneohe Bay when it descended to land, according to Marine Corps spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Perez.
Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said the nine crew members were able to return to shore safely.
Local media shared photos and footage of the Poseidon plane after the failed landing attempt, where the plane was seen floating in shallow waters in Kaneohe Bay.
NEW: A US Navy P8-A Poseidon overruns the runway and lands in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The accident occurred at 2 p.m. Hawaii time, and the military plane is currently floating in the ocean. All nine people on board survived and swam to shore. the… pic.twitter.com/PTguegrDsw
-Kanekoa The Great (@KanekoaTheGreat) November 21, 2023
So far, military officials have revealed few details about the crash, including its possible cause, and have yet to provide a time frame for when the plane will be recovered from the sea. According to National Weather Service meteorologist in Honolulu Thomas Vaughan, visibility in the area was about 1 mile (1.6 km), and conditions were cloudy and rainy at the time of the accident.
The Pentagon has seen a series of unfortunate incidents involving military aircraft in recent months, and the military even temporarily halted its flights earlier this year after two separate fatal helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky. Another helicopter crash involving an Apache gunship occurred in Alaska last February, resulting in injuries and material damage but no deaths, while an unidentified American aircraft crashed in the eastern Mediterranean during a training mission earlier this month. .
NATO member states have sharply increased the number of surveillance flights over the Black Sea off Crimea in recent months, RIA Novosti reported in September, citing public data. The Russian news agency analyzed data from the website Flightradar24, an aggregator of unclassified aviation information, and focused on flights that could be conducted to monitor the Russian peninsula. Since the spring, the number has tripled.