US Navy P-8A Poseidon Goes Into Bay After Overshooting Runway in Hawaii

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft overshot a runway at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Monday, November 20, 2023, and crashed into Kaneohe Bay. All nine crew members on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft and were uninjured.


The incident occurred at approximately 1:57 p.m. local time. The aircraft was conducting a routine training flight when it overshot the runway and came to a rest in shallow water. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and assisted the crew in evacuating the aircraft. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range maritime patrol aircraft that is used for a variety of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence gathering. The aircraft is based on the Boeing 737-800 passenger airliner.


The US Navy has a fleet of over 100 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The aircraft are based at air stations around the world, including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. The accident is the latest in a string of mishaps involving US military aircraft. In May 2023, a US Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo plane crashed in Afghanistan, killing all 13 people on board. In August 2023, a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crashed in California, killing all four people on board. The US military has a long history of aviation accidents. In 2022, there were 20 Class A mishaps, which are defined as accidents that result in a total loss of the aircraft, fatalities, or permanent total disability.

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The US military is committed to preventing aviation accidents. The services have a variety of programs in place to improve safety, including pilot training, aircraft maintenance, and risk management. Despite these efforts, aviation accidents remain a significant concern for the US military. The services are constantly working to improve safety and prevent future accidents. The US Navy is investigating the cause of the accident and will take steps to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.


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