A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft overran a runway after landing Monday at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii and ended up in nearby waters, the Marine Corps said. All nine crew members on board escaped unhurt.
The accident, which occurred near Marine Corps Base Hawaii near Kaneohe Bay, occurred Monday afternoon, said Lt. Hailey Harms, the base’s deputy director of public affairs. She said the plane, a P-8A Poseidon, was on a routine training mission.
All nine Marines on board escaped the plane and were later rescued from an inflatable life raft floating in the water, Lt. Harms said by telephone. The plane was still in the water Monday afternoon, she said.
The plane’s crew members are assigned to a squadron based at Whidbey Island, Washington, according to a separate statement from Lt. Mohammad N. Issa, a spokesman for the Navy’s Third Fleet. He also said rescuers had installed a temporary floating barrier to help protect the environment.
No further details were immediately available.
The P-8A Poseidon is about 130 feet long and has a wingspan of about 123 feet, according to the Navy. It carries a crew of nine and is primarily used for surveillance missions.
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