Boeing cargo aircraft makes emergency touchdown close to Honolulu

File photo of a Boeing B737 specifically 737-400 Cargo freight aircraft.

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A Boeing 737 cargo plane made an emergency landing off the coast of Honolulu early Friday after pilots reported engine trouble, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Both pilots were rescued, the FAA said.

The aircraft was not a 737 Max, the plane that officials had grounded for 20 months through last November after two fatal crashes.

“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,” the FAA said. “According to preliminary information, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued both crew members. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”

The FAA said Transair Flight 810 made the emergency landing at around 1:30 a.m. local time on Friday.

The Hawaii cargo carrier, which specializes in flying freight between the islands, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

“We are aware of the reports out of Honolulu, Hawaii and are closely monitoring the situation,” Boeing said. “We are in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and are working to gather more information.”

The 737-200 plane was built in 1975, according to flight-tracking site Flightradar24.

Cargo jets are often decades old, converted to carry freight after years of being used to transport passengers.

Boeing shares were down less than 1% in midday trading Friday, recovering some of the day’s losses that occurred after the news of the crash.

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