Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A black box has been recovered from a US Navy plane that went missing in Hawaii

Authorities have recovered the flight data recorder from a US Navy plane that skidded off the runway and into the water near Honolulu this week, as the military continues plans to relocate the plane.

The Navy Air Mishap Board is investigating the scene at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, trying to determine the cause of the incident and the factors that contributed to it, the Navy said Friday in a statement.

Sailors from a mobile diving and salvage unit recovered the black box on Thursday and conducted a hydrographic survey to assess the structural integrity of the P-8A aircraft.

The study also examined the coral and marine environment around the plane, which could help minimize the impact during its removal, the Navy detailed.

Residents of Kaneohe Bay have expressed concern about possible damage to coral reefs and other potential damage from fuel or other chemicals at the site, which is about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) from an ancient site in fishing

The Navy added that it placed primary and secondary containment barriers around the plane, along with other absorbent materials. Specially trained personnel monitor the area 24 hours a day.

None of the nine people aboard the plane were injured during Monday’s crash at the base, located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Honolulu, Oahu.

The P-8A is often used for hunting submarines and for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. It is manufactured by Boeing and shares many parts with the 737 commercial airliner.

The plane belongs to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron 4, located on Whidbey Island, Washington state. The patrol squads were previously based in Kaneohe Bay, but are now deploying to Hawaii on the move.

Another crew from Washington state, the VP-40 Fighting Marlins, arrived Thursday to assume national defense coverage, the Navy said.

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