Investigators to search ocean off Hawaii for cargo plane

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HONOLULU (AP) — Investigators will use sonar to search for a cargo plane that crashed into the ocean and sank near Honolulu.

Both pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard last Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it hopes to learn the location and depth of the sunken plane to determine how to recover the plane’s data recorders, or so-called black boxes.

The pilots had reported losing power in one engine and being worried about the other engine when their plane went down in the water. It was scheduled to fly from Oahu to Maui.

The plane involved in Friday’s incident is a 46-year-old Boeing 737-200, a much earlier version of the 737 than the Max, and one that U.S. airlines no longer use for passenger flights. There are fewer than 60 737-200s still flying worldwide, according to aviation-data researcher Cirium.

The Boeing 737 first flew in the late 1960s and is the most popular airline plane still in production. Boeing has delivered more than 10,500 of them and has unfilled orders for about 4,000 more, almost all of those for the latest version of the plane, the 737 Max.

Over the years, about 200 737s have been destroyed in crashes and several hundred others have been involved in less serious accidents and incidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.

“For a jet that has been in production for so long and is being used so extensively, 203 hull-loss accidents can be considered a very good safety record,” said Harro Ranter, who runs the database. He said the plane’s accident rate improved dramatically from the first models to more recent ones that preceded the Max.

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