Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Boeing 737-275C, N810TA: Accident occurred July 02, 2021 near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (PHNL), Honolulu, Hawaii

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board travelled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii
The Boeing Co; Washington 
Pratt and Whitney
Transair; Hawaii
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Federal Aviation Administration 


Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: DCA21FA174
Date & Time: July 2, 2021, Local 
Registration: N810TA
Aircraft: Boeing 737-275C 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Non-scheduled

On July 2, 2021, at about 0145 local, Rhoades Aviation Inc, dba TransAir, flight 810, a B737-200, N810TA, reported engine anomalies in both engines and subsequently ditched into Mamala Bay shortlyafter takeoff from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii. The two flight crew members were rescued, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a cargo flight from HNL to Kahului International Airport (OGG), Kahului, Hawaii.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N810TA
Model/Series: 737-275C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121), Supplemental
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHNL
Observation Time: 00:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (PHNL) 
Destination: Kahului, HI (PHOG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 21.1639,158.013132 

A cargo airline whose plane ditched into the ocean off Hawaiʻi has been grounded after investigators looked into the company's safety practices before the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it will bar Rhoades Aviation of Honolulu from flying or doing maintenance inspections until it meets FAA regulations.

The agency did not detail Rhoades' alleged shortcomings. The company did not immediately respond to phone and email messages for comment.

The decision to ground the carrier, which operates as Transair, is separate from the investigation into the July 2 ditching of a Boeing 737, the FAA said. Two pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard after the nighttime crash.

Both pilots, the only people on board, were seriously injured and were clinging to packages and the tail of the plane when they were rescued, authorities said.

The company had one plane still in operation this week, a Boeing 737-200 like the one that crashed.

The FAA said it began investigating Rhoades Aviation's maintenance and safety practices last fall and told the company about two weeks before the crash that it planned to revoke its authority to do maintenance inspections.

The company did not appeal the FAA's decision within the 30 days as required if it wanted the case reconsidered, the FAA said.

The pilots attempted to turn back to Honolulu after telling an air traffic controller that they had lost power in one engine and feared that the other engine on the 46-year-old plane would also fail.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board found the wreckage of the plane but have not yet recovered the data recorders that could hold clues about what caused the plane to go down.


  1. Any updates? They recovered almost the entire airplane wreckage. Have they read out the CVR and FDR yet?

  2. Dead foot, dead engine. Freight dog fog, back side of clock, they transposed which engine had failed. Crew interviews in docket will have you shaking your head. https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=103407


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