- The US Navy’s P-8A intelligence gathering plane crashed in the ocean off Oahu
- It is understood to have overshot the runway when trying to land at a USMC base
- All nine people on board survived the smash but were forced to swim to shore
A huge military intelligence aircraft has overshot a runway in Hawaii and crashed into the ocean.
The US Navy P-8A plane missed its mark while trying to land at a US Marines base 10 miles away from Honolulu on Monday afternoon.
Nine people on board were forced to swim back to shore after smashing into the sea rainy weather. All of them were unharmed.
The plane crash was reported at around 2pm local time, off the coast of O’ahu
The plane is pictured in the sea, having overshot the runway
Incredible pictures showed the huge aircraft floating just off the coast in Kaneohe Bay as rescuers raced to help.
Its fuselage appeared intact, suggesting a low-speed crash into the sea. Gunnery Sgt Orlando Perez said it was a Poseidon reconnaissance plane used for intelligence.
Peter Forman said the runway in Kaneohe is shorter than usual, and bad weather and Kona winds may also have played a part.
‘The pilot probably didn’t put the plane down exactly where he wanted to on the runway,’ he told Hawaii News Now.
‘It’s probably a combination of all those factors put together.’
The base is in Kaneohe Bay, off the coast off Oahu
The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) sent out the initial alert just after 2 pm for a ‘probable aircraft fire incident,’ according to KITV.
The P-8A is manufactured by Boeing and shares many parts with the 737 commercial jet.
The base is home to over 25,000 Marines, sailors, family members and civilian employees.