Two Boeing 737 cargo pilots rescued after emergency landing in ocean near Honolulu

  • The pilots had reported engine trouble, the FAA said.
  • Both pilots were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • The plane was built in 1975, according to flight tracking site Flightradar24. It was not a Boeing 737 Max, the manufacturer's newest model that was grounded after 2 crashes in 2018 and 2019.

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 around 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday.

The Hawaii cargo carrier, which specializes in cargo flying throughout the state, didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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

Cargo jets are often decades old, converted for cargo transportation after years of being used to transport passengers.

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