NTSB coordinating recovery of ditched Transair 737

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced it is sending a team of investigators to the ditching site of Transair Flight 810 off the Hawaiian island of Oahu to coordinate the recovery of the wreckage from the ocean floor.

N810TA (c/n 21116), a 737-200 bound for Kahului in the archipelago on July 2, reported anomalies in both engines and subsequently ditched into Mamala Bay shortly after take-off from Honolulu International Airport.

The front section of the aircraft including the cockpit, separated just in front of the wings. NTSB

The two pilots escaped from the wreckage and were rescued by the US Coast Guard and the Honolulu Airport Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Unit.

“The wreckage of Transair flight 810 contains important investigative information, including that captured by the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder,” said Jennifer Homendy, NTSB chair. “Having access to the recorders, the engines and other components will be critical to understanding not only how this accident occurred, but how future accidents might be prevented.”

Both engines seperated from the aircraft upon impact. NTSB

Upon impact, the fuselage broke into two pieces: the aft section with the wings and tail attached, and the forward portion that includes the cockpit.

The fuselage broke into two main sections. NTSB

Both Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9As separated from the wings upon impact with the water. All the wreckage is on an ocean shelf at a depth ranging from 350 to 450ft (106-137m).

The recovery effort is expected to begin on October 9 and will last between ten and 14 days.