Trans/Rhoades B732 at Honolulu on Jul 2nd 2021, ditched about 2nm out of Honolulu

Last Update: November 2, 2021 / 16:16:29 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 2, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Transair

Flight number
T4-810

Aircraft Registration
N810TA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-200

ICAO Type Designator
B732

A Transair/Rhoades Aviation Boeing 737-200, registration N810TA performing flight T4-810 from Honolulu,HI to Kahului,HI (USA) with 2 crew, was climbing out of Honolulu's runway 08R when the crew stopped the climb at about 2000 feet reporting they had lost the #1 engine (JT8D, left hand). Tower cleared the flight for a visual approach to runway 04R. The aircraft began to descend while trying to position for a return to Honolulu's runway 04R. The crew advised they might lose their other engine, it was running very hot, and requested the coast guard out, and then reported: "We have all the Rhoades 810" and requested to turn right towards the airport and received clearance. Tower subsequently cleared the aircraft to turn onto a heading of 020 for runway 04R, the crew reported they no longer had the airport in sight. Tower advised they had a low level alert, tower cleared the flight to land on any runway, all operations at the airport were stopped, emergency services were called out and the coast guard were on their way out. Tower provided a heading of 310 degrees directly to Honolulu's Kalaeloa Airport, in the end tower did not receive a reply from the aircraft anymore. The aircraft did not make it to the airport and needed to ditch in the Ocean about 2.7nm short of the Kalaeloa's runway 29 (last position received from the transponder: N21.275 W158.026 at 50 feet MSL at 113 knots over ground at 01:45L (11:45Z)). Both crew were rescued, one pilot was airlifted to a hospital, the other taken ashore by a rescue boat and taken to a hospital. Both pilots received serious injuries, one of the them is in critical condition, the other in serious condition.

ATC further informed rescue services that they had lost communication with the aircraft, the aircraft had lost an engine, no further information was known to ATC.

The FAA confirmed the aircraft developed engine trouble and needed to land in the water while attempting to return to Honolulu.

The coast guard reported the aircraft ditched in the waters about 2nm short of Kalaeloa Airport. Both crew were taken to Queens Medical Center, their condition however is unknown.

On Jul 3rd 2021 Coast Guard men involved in the rescue reported the debris field of the aircraft was about 1.25nm long. They discovered both pilots, one (58) was standing at the tail of the aircraft waving at the helicopter, the other clinged to a cargo net of cargo swimming around the aircraft. When the aircraft sank, the one pilot at the tail momentarily disappeared, they got sight of him again while he was struggeling to stay afloat and lifted him into the helicopter at 02:58L. The pilot was exhausted and unable to talk, but was conscious. The other pilot (50) was rescued by a boat at 02:51L, the pilot had head injuries and needed to be cleaned from aircraft fuel before he walked off the boat on his own and was received by medical staff who took him to the hospital.

The NTSB have opened an investigation into the accident stating: "NTSB sending team of 7 investigators for investigation of Friday's crash of a Transair Boeing 737-200 cargo airplane in the waters off the island of Oahu near Honolulu." The NTSB subsequently added, a total of 10 investigators is being dispatched to Honolulu.

On Jul 6th 2021 the NTSB reported that small amounts of debris were recovered from the water surface. Sonar scans are being conducted to locate the FDR and CVR.

On Jul 10th 2021 the NTSB released photos of the aircraft wreckage at the sea floor before Honolulu.

On Nov 2nd 2021 the NTSB reported that both FDR and CVR as well as the major aircraft components have been recovered from the sea floor about 350-450 feet below the water surface.

The hospital reported one of the pilots (58) is in the intense care unit in critical condition, the other (50) received serious head injuries and multiple lacerations and is in serious condition. On Jul 6th 2021 the pilot (50) could be released from hospital care.

Rhoades Aviation Inc. trades as Transair operating 5 Boeing 737.

Metars Kalaeloa Airport:
PHJR 021253Z AUTO 08007KT 10SM BKN049 26/18 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP177 T02560178 TSNO=
PHJR 021153Z AUTO VRB04KT 10SM FEW038 OVC050 26/19 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP179 T02560189 10261 20250 57008 TSNO=
PHJR 021053Z AUTO VRB04KT 10SM BKN048 25/18 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP181 T02500183 TSNO=
PHJR 020953Z AUTO 07007KT 10SM CLR 25/18 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP185 T02500178 403170217 TSNO=
PHJR 020853Z AUTO 08004KT 10SM FEW039 OVC048 26/19 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP187 T02610189 51007 TSNO=
PHJR 020753Z 07005KT 10SM OVC050 26/19 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP187 T02610189=

Metars Honlulu International Airport:
PHNL 021253Z 07010KT 10SM FEW024 FEW046 26/17 A3002 RMK AO2 SLP166 T02560167=
PHNL 021153Z 06010G21KT 10SM FEW025 SCT050 26/17 A3003 RMK AO2 SLP169 60000 T02560172 10267 20256 56008=
PHNL 021053Z 07013KT 10SM FEW025 SCT045 26/18 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP170 T02560183=
PHNL 020953Z 06009KT 10SM FEW025 SCT050 26/18 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP175 T02560178 403110244=
PHNL 020853Z 09014G20KT 10SM FEW025 BKN050 26/17 A3006 RMK AO2 RAB09E17 SLP177 P0000 60000 T02610172 50008=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 2, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Transair

Flight number
T4-810

Aircraft Registration
N810TA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-200

ICAO Type Designator
B732

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Photos

Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2021) — In this image taken July 7, 2021, the aft fuselage of Transair flight 810 is seen as it rests on the ocean floor about 2 miles from Ewa Beach. Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810, a Boeing 737-200, ditched in the wa (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2021) — In this image taken July 8, 2021, an engine inlet case from Transair flight 810 is seen as it rests on the ocean floor about 2 miles from Ewa Beach. Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810, a Boeing 737-200, ditched in (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2021) — In this image taken July 8, 2021, the forward fuselage of Transair flight 810 is seen as it rests on the ocean floor about 2 miles from Ewa Beach. Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810, a Boeing 737-200, ditched in th (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
HONOLULU (Oct. 12, 2021) —The photo on taken on Oct. 12, 2021, shows the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on the Bold Horizon at port in Honolulu. The ROV will be one of the tools used in the underwater recovery of the wreckage of a TransAir B-737 cargo je (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
HONOLULU (Oct. 12, 2021) — The photo on taken on Oct. 12, 2021, shows the Bold Horizon as it departs the port in Honolulu for a site about two miles from Ewa Beach for the underwater recovery of the wreckage of a TransAir B-737 cargo jet that was ditched (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2021) — The photo taken on Oct. 16, 2021, shows the number one (left) engine on the Bold Horizon after it was recovered from the Pacific Ocean about two miles from Ewa Beach near Honolulu, Hawaii. The TransAir B-737 cargo jet was ditch (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2021) — The photo taken on Oct. 20, 2021, shows the forward section of the fuselage of a TransAir B-737 after it was recovered onto a barge from the Pacific Ocean about two miles from Ewa Beach near Honolulu, Hawaii. The cargo jet was (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2021) — The photo taken on Oct. 30, 2021, shows the aft section of the fuselage of a TransAir B-737 as it's recovered from the Pacific Ocean about two miles from Ewa Beach near Honolulu, Hawaii. The cargo jet was ditched after the flig (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)
Photo from NTSBgov
WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2021) — The photo taken on Nov. 4. 2021, shows investigators Michael Portman (left) and Joe Gregor in the NTSB recorders laboratory in Washington, D.C., as they prepare to open the CVR from TransAir flight 810, a B-737 cargo jet that w (Photo credit: NTSBgov / Flickr / License: Public Domain)

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