On July 2, 2021, about 0145 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, Rhoades Aviation flight 810, dba Transair flight 810, a Boeing 737-200, N810TA, experienced an engine anomaly shortly after takeoff from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii, and was subsequently ditched into Mamala Bay (in the Pacific Ocean), about 5.5 miles southwest of HNL. The captain sustained serious injuries, the first officer sustained minor injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight was operating under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a cargo flight from HNL to Kahului International Airport (OGG), Kahului, Hawaii.
We determined the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The flight crewmembers’ misidentification of the damaged engine (after leveling off the airplane and reducing thrust) and their use of only the damaged engine for thrust during the remainder of the flight, resulting in an unintentional descent and forced ditching in the Pacific Ocean. Contributing to the accident were the flight crew’s ineffective crew resource management, high workload, and stress.
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