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Flight recorders, wreckage of TransAir flight 810 recovered from waters off Oahu

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                                The aft section of the fuselage of a TransAir B-737 was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach, Oct. 30, near Honolulu. The cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

    NTSB PHOTO BY CLINT CROOKSHANKS

    The aft section of the fuselage of a TransAir B-737 was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach, Oct. 30, near Honolulu. The cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

  • NTSB PHOTO BY PETER KNUDSON
                                An engine cowling was lowered onto Pier 14 in Honolulu, Oct. 17, after it was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach near Honolulu. The TransAir B-737 cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

    NTSB PHOTO BY PETER KNUDSON

    An engine cowling was lowered onto Pier 14 in Honolulu, Oct. 17, after it was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach near Honolulu. The TransAir B-737 cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

  • NTSB PHOTO BY CLINT CROOKSHANKS
                                The number one (left) engine on the Bold Horizon was seen, Oct. 16, after it was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach near Honolulu. The TransAir B-737 cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

    NTSB PHOTO BY CLINT CROOKSHANKS

    The number one (left) engine on the Bold Horizon was seen, Oct. 16, after it was recovered about two miles off Ewa Beach near Honolulu. The TransAir B-737 cargo jet was ditched after the flight crew reported engine anomalies shortly after departing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on July 2.

The flight recorders and wreckage of a Boeing 737-200 cargo plane that crashed in waters off Oahu in July have been successfully recovered, the National Transportation Safety Board announced today.

Recovery efforts began on Oct. 12 and took nearly three weeks to complete.

“The recovery of the recorders and virtually the entire airplane represents a major step forward in the investigation,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy in a news release.

Two men piloting TransAir flight 810 ditched the aircraft in the water on July 2 after they reported “anomalies in both engines,” the federal agency said. The pilots ditched the plane in the water shortly after takeoff from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Both pilots who were the only occupants on the plane survived.

The fuselage broke into two pieces: the aft section with the wings and tail attached and the forward section that contained the cockpit from the wreckage. Both engines also separated from the wings upon impact.

Crews recovered the wreckage from an ocean shelf at a depth of 350 to 450 feet approximately two miles off of Ewa Beach.

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be taken to a laboratory in Washington to be analyzed.

NTSB said the investigation is expected to be completed in 12 to 24 months.

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