A US Navy plane overshot the runway in the waters off Hawaii


A US Navy reconnaissance plane with a crew of nine on board crashed in the waters off the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Monday after overshooting the runway at a US Marine Corps base there, military officials said.

There were no casualties aboard the P-8A Poseidon, a twin-engine multirole patrol and reconnaissance aircraft with a Boeing 737 passenger airframe, according to Marine Corps spokesman 1st Lt. Helle Harms.

Harms said the conditions of the nine individuals on board the plane were being assessed.

The photos showed the plane upright with its wings slightly above the waterline in Kaneohe Bay, off the Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the main island of Oahu, north of the capital, Honolulu.

Visibility was down to about a mile at the time of the crash, with wind gusts up to 21 mph and fog, according to the National Weather Service.

The P-8A Poseidon is the backbone of US Navy operations.

It can carry torpedoes and cruise missiles, while performing anti-submarine and surface warfare and intelligence gathering missions.

A statement from the US Navy’s Third Fleet said the plane, based on Whidbey Island in Washington, was “on a detachment in support of the homeland’s maritime defense.”

Earlier this year, a P-8A was operating over the South China Sea with a CNN crew on board It was intercepted by a Chinese fighter plane In a confrontation that saw the Chinese plane approaching within 500 feet of it.

The P-8s are also flown by the Australian, New Zealand, British, Norwegian and Indian militaries, according to Boeing.

CNN’s Sarah Tonks, Melissa Alonso and Taylor Ward contributed to this report.

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