The Express reported that a U.S. Navy plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Monday after it attempted to land at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii.
The aircraft was a P-8A Poseidon which was approaching the island of Oahu before it overshot a runway. None of the nine crew members were injured and all swam to safety.
Witness Diane Dirks and her daughter spotted the plane with a pair of binoculars and took pictures shortly after it went down.
"We went running over to the end of the dock, and I took some pictures. It was unbelievable," Dirks was quoted by the Express as saying.
The Hill cited a statement put out by Lt. Mohammad N. Issa, who serves as the deputy public affairs officer for the 3rd Fleet.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 21, 2023
According to Issa, the crash occurred at around 2:00 p.m. local time and involved crew members assigned to the Washington state-based squadron known as the "Skinny Dragons."
He went on to add that the crew was on a "detachment in support of maritime homeland defense." Issa also explained that a temporary floating barrier was deployed to protect the environment while emergency crews carried out their work.
Video footage showing the crashed plane and rescue personnel circulated on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
A U.S. Navy P8-A Poseidon (reconnaissance / sub hunter) plane overshot the runway & ended up in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii earlier today.
— Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) November 21, 2023
This is not the first time in recent months that a military aircraft has gone down, as a Marine Corps F-35 crashed in South Carolina after its pilot ejected.
Witness Adrian Truluck told NBC News that she and her family saw the accident take place, saying, "Our kids always give a little salute, so we said, 'Look at the plane. Oh my gosh, it's so low.'"
Mrs. Truluck went on to recall how the aircraft "was kind of probably 100 feet above the tree tops, and almost going inverted."
Her husband, Stephen Truluck, added, "It was probably three-quarters of the way." He stressed that the family could see the plane's canopy.