NTSB removes flight recorders, wreckage of TransAir cargo jet

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​​WASHINGTON (KHON2) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) removed flight data recorder, the cockpit voice recorder, and the wreckage of the TransAir cargo jet which was ditched by two pilots on July 2 in waters off Kalaeloa.

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The Boeing 737-200 freighter, operated as TransAir flight 810, was headed to Kahului when it reported anomalies in both its engines shortly after taking off from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The two pilots ditched the plane and were able to escape. Both pilots were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The NTSB reported that the aircraft broke into two pieces, one with the cockpit and the other with the wings and tail attached. The NTSB said both engines detached at impact and the wreckage was about two miles off Ewa Beach at a depth ranging from 350-450 feet.

NTSB sent a team, in July, to conduct an initial investigation, at which time they were able to recover floating debris.

NTSB teams started recovery efforts on Oahu in October.

The black boxes will be sent to the NTSB lab in Washington to be analyzed.

The rest of the wreckage will remain in Hawaii for further investigation.

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The investigation is expected to take 12 to 24 months.

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