On December 23, 2000 ,a Hawaiian Airlines McDonnell-Douglas DC 10-10 on landing at Faaa Tahiti departed the end of runway 4 at a slow speed. The nose of the airplane came to rest in the lagoon. The airplane was evacuated without injury to the 130 people aboard the airplane.

The pilot reported nil braking and difficulty with directional control in rain and winds. Damage to the aircraft included damage to engines No. 1 and No. 3 including probable foreign object debris ingestion and possible pylon structural damage. The lower front fuselage including radome, pitot assemblies, AC pack intake, and avionics bay were immersed in salt water.

The Bureau Enquetes Accidents (BEA) of France is investigating the accident and will issue an accident report.

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