HONOLULU, Hawaii – A Navy plane overshot a runway and landed in Kaneohe Bay during rainy weather on Monday, but all nine people on board were safely rescued, according to authorities. The Coast Guard quickly responded to the incident, but rescue operations were called off after it was confirmed that all parties involved had been rescued.
The cause of the incident is still unclear, with a Marine Corps spokesperson stating that no information is currently available. A witness captured a photo of the plane in the water, drawing parallels to the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing in New York. The P-8A aircraft, which is often used for submarine hunting and reconnaissance, shares many parts with the Airbus A320 piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger during the iconic emergency landing.
A witness, Diane Dircks, described her shock at the sight of the plane in the water, stating that her daughter used binoculars to watch the rescue boats arriving at the scene. The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call reporting the downed aircraft, and it was noted that visibility was limited to about 1 mile during the cloudy and rainy weather.
The incident occurred at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, about 10 miles from Honolulu on Oahu. The base, home to thousands of military personnel and their families, sits on Kaneohe Bay, known for its coral reefs and marine biology research institute. The P-8A aircraft belongs to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron 4 stationed at Whidbey Island in Washington state and was deployed to Hawaii at the time of the incident.
In conclusion, the Navy plane overshot a runway in Hawaii, landing in Kaneohe Bay, but all nine people on board were successfully rescued. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the incident, which occurred at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in rainy weather conditions.