After almost two weeks of efforts, the American military managed to recover a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane from the water – local media reported on Sunday. The aircraft belonging to the US Navy skidded off the runway during landing and fell into Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. None of the nine people on board the plane were injured.
The accident of the P-8A Poseidon, used for reconnaissance, espionage and anti-submarine operations, took place on November 20. During landing in Hawaii, the plane skidded off the runway in difficult weather conditions and fell into the waters of Kaneohe Bay.
At the time of the incident, fog limited visibility to about one mile (1.6 km) and wind gusts reached up to 34 km/h. There were nine people on board the plane, which is normally based on Whidbey Island, Washington, and no one was injured.
The spy plane fell into the water
The machine in the water was surrounded by special booms to absorb leaking fuel, but pulling the 60-ton plane out of the shallow water was not easy. It was achieved only after two weeks, as the American military announced on December 3. For this purpose, special pillows were used, which were placed under the fuselage of the machine and inflated, lifting it up and allowing the plane to be pulled onto land.
The causes of the accident are not yet known, and an investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, local residents are concerned about the possible damage that the two-week stay of the military aircraft in the shallow waters of the Hawaiian Bay could have caused to the natural environment, including Hawaii’s coral reefs.
“I think someone should look at the impact the plane is having on our marine environment,” a local resident was quoted by the BBC as saying a day after the incident. – There is jet fuel, anti-icing agent and other chemicals – she pointed out. The military has not yet provided information on this matter.
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