The tail section of a crashed Hawker Hunter fighter jet — with its engine and “black box” — was recovered in about 265 feet of water Monday off Kewalo Basin, the Coast Guard said.
Local salvage company Parker Marine, with the aid of a remotely-operated vehicle, was able to lasso the section of jet and use a crane to bring it to the surface.
The camouflage-painted former military fighter was ditched at sea in dramatic fashion on Dec. 12 about 2 miles from Kewalo Basin with the pilot ejecting seconds before the plane hit the water in the vicinity of two boatloads of parasailers.
Chief Sara Muir, deputy public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s District 14, said the first third of the single-seat jet including a portion of the cockpit “was pretty much destroyed on impact.”
The second third, with the rest of the cockpit and wings, was loosely attached.
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