Another Boeing Plane Plunges Mid-Flight, Comes Just 400ft to Pacific Ocean

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Another Boeing Plane Plunges Mid-Flight, Comes Just 400ft to Pacific Ocean

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft suffered a mid-air emergency on Friday after it plunged 16,000 feet, coming just 400 feet of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai due to adverse weather conditions.

According to a Southwest Airlines memo to pilots, Southwest Flight 2786 from Honolulu International Airport to Lihue Airport in Kauai dropped from nearly 16,000 feet to an altitude of 409 feet.

The incident occurred after the plane aborted landing attempt due to bad weather, which prevented pilots from seeing the airport runway at the specified altitude.

The memo noted that the pilot opted to put the “newer” first officer in command of the 100-mile interisland flight despite the pending weather.

The less-experienced first officer “inadvertently” pushed forward on the control column before cutting the speed, causing the airplane to descend rapidly.

The movement prompted the warning system to alert that the plane was getting too close to the terrain.

Fox News reported:

The memo said that the captain ordered the first officer to increase thrust – prompting the aircraft to “climb aggressively” at 8,500 feet per minute.

The interisland flight, which should have been approximately 22 minutes long, departed Honolulu at 6:45 pm, but following the incident, the plane returned to Honolulu at 8:09 pm.

No one was injured during the hair-raising ride.

A Southwest Airlines spokesperson told Fox News that “the event was addressed appropriately.”

“Nothing is more important to Southwest than safety,” the spokesperson said.

“Through our robust Safety Management System, the event was addressed appropriately as we always strive for continuous improvement.”

The news follows several incidents occurring on Boeing planes this year.

In May, we reported a passenger died, and others were seriously injured on a Boeing flight from London to Singapore where it ran into freak turbulence.

The plane made an emergency landing in Thailand.

The Boeing 777 plane, operated by Singapore Airlines, left the UK on Monday at 10.17 pm with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.

Shortly after take-off, flight SQ321 experienced severe turbulence as it was battered by extreme tropical thunderstorms.

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