P-8A Poseidon: US Navy plane overshoots runway and hits water off Hawaii


A Navy P-8 aircraft crashed into Kaneohe Bay on Oahu, Hawaii on Monday, November 20.


A US Navy reconnaissance plane with nine crew members on board crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Monday after overshooting the airstrip of a US Navy base. U.S. Marine Corps, military officials said.

There were no casualties aboard the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a twin-engine, multi-mission patrol and reconnaissance aircraft with the airframe of a Boeing 737 airliner, according to Marine Corps spokesperson , 1st Lt. Hailey Harms.

Harms said the condition of all nine personnel on board was being assessed.

The photos showed the plane upright with its wings slightly above the waterline in Kaneohe Bay, off the coast of Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the main island of Oahu, South Korea. north of the capital Honolulu.

Visibility was reduced to about a mile at the time of the incident, with wind gusts up to 21 miles per hour and mist, according to the National Weather Service.

The P-8A Poseidon is a workhorse of US Navy operations.

It can carry both torpedoes and cruise missiles, while conducting anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare and intelligence gathering missions.

A statement from the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet said the aircraft, based at Whidbey Island, Washington, was part of a “maritime homeland defense support detachment.”

Earlier this year, a P-8A operating over the South China Sea with a CNN crew on board was intercepted by a Chinese fighter jet in an encounter that saw the Chinese plane crash approach within 500 feet of him.

P-8 aircraft are also flown by the Australian, New Zealand, British, Norwegian and Indian militaries, according to Boeing.

CNN’s Sara Tonks, Melissa Alonso and Taylor Ward contributed to this report.

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