Giant military intelligence plane crash-lands in Hawaii bay after missing runway

Giant military intelligence plane crash-lands in Hawaii bay after missing runway

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An enormous military plane has crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii after overshooting the runway at a US Marine Corps base.

There were no casualties among the nine crew members on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft following the incident on Monday afternoon, military officials said.

The jet, which uses the body of a Boeing 737 passenger plane and is typically used for reconnaisance and intelligence gathering, could be seen floating intact on the surface of shallow Kaneohe Bay off the main Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Marine Corps spokesperson 1st Lt. Hailey Harms said the medical condition of the nine personnel, who swam to shore following the crash, was being assessed.

Experts believe the plane may have overshot the runway due to poor weather conditions on the island at the time.

The US National Weather Service said visibility in the area was down to around a mile at the time of the incident, with gusts of up to 21mph.

Aircraft expert Peter Forman told Hawaii News Now that the runway at the Kaneohe base is relatively short, which also may have made landing trickier for the pilot.

He said: ‘The pilot probably didn’t put the plane down exactly where he wanted to on the runway.

‘It’s probably a combination of all those factors put together.’

The plane has been sitting in Kaneohe Bay, north of the Hawaiian capital Honolulu, since Monday (Picture: Getty Images)

The US Navy’s Third Fleet said the plane was ‘on a detachment in support of maritime homeland defense’ away from its usual base in Whidbey Island, Washington state.

There has been no indication of how long it may take to remove the jet from the sea, as concerns grow about its potential environmental impact.

The Poseidon P-8A is used by several militaries across the world, including the Royal Air Force which began using nine of the aircraft in 2020.

Since then, they have been used to keep an eye on Russian ships in the North Sea and North Atlantic.

The Marine Corps took over control of Kaneohe base from the US Navy in 1951, 10 years after it was attacked by the Japanese a few minutes before the deadly assault on Pearl Harbor in nearby Honolulu.

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