A large Navy plane overshot the landing strip at a U.S. Navy base in Hawaii on Monday and landed in the water.
Nine Navy personnel were aboard the plane that landed in Kaneohe Bay just before 2 p.m., according to base spokeswoman Hailey Harms. All nine people returned to shore safely and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the incident was under investigation.
Harms said the plane “overran its landing” on the base’s airstrip, about 10 miles from Honolulu.
The crew inside was part of a Washington-based VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” squadron stationed at Whidbey Island, Washington, according to the Marine Corps.
“First responders and emergency crews acted immediately to conduct an initial assessment and utilized a temporary floating barrier, used to protect the environment,” Marine Corps spokesman Mohammad N. Issa said , in a press release.
Learn about the plane that landed in Kaneohe Bay
Harms said the plane was an 8A, which operated with a smaller crew and had a wingspan of about 124 feet, according to the Navy website.
The main purpose of the Boeing P8A Poseidon is reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. It is manufactured by Boeing and shares many parts with the 737 commercial jet.
The aircraft is “equipped with state-of-the-art radars, sensors and a new in-flight refueling capability,” the site says.
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Witness to P8A landing says ‘it was incredible’
Diane Dircks, of Illinois, told the Associated Press that she and her family had just returned to a dock after rainy weather interrupted their pontoon boat trip when her daughter saw the plane in the water.
Soon after, they heard sirens and the family used a pair of binoculars to watch the plane and lifeboats arrive.
“It was amazing,” she said.
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