The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) announced on Thursday that it will undertake a rescue operation of the wreckage of the Boeing 737-200 jet that crashed into the sea after taking off from Honolulu, Hawaii in July.
A team of investigators will coordinate the operation, which is scheduled to start on October 9 and will take 10 to 14 days. Remotely operated vehicles (ROV) will have the mission to bring the parts of the aircraft to the surface.
The Boeing 737’s wreckage spread over a relatively large area. The fuselage split in two as the engines and other parts detached from the plane. The impact site is about 3 km from the coast and has a depth ranging from 150 to 350 meters.
“The wreckage of TransAir flight 810 contains important investigative information, including that captured by the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer L. Homendy.
“Having access to the recorders, the engines and other components will be critical to understanding not only how this accident occurred, but how future accidents might be prevented.”
The cockpit voice and flight data recorders are located in the tail of the aircraft and will be retrieved after the aft section is lifted.
The Boeing 737-200C accident on TransAir Flight 810 occurred on July 2 after pilots reported anomalies in both engines. They made an emergency landing after finding it impossible to return to the airport.
The two crew managed to escape without serious injury and were rescued by the US Coast Guard.