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The Southwest plane landed 400 feet deep in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii

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A Southwest Airlines plane was just 400 feet away from crashing into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii after a landing was canceled due to weather conditions, a report said.

During an April flight, a Boeing 737 Max 8 suddenly plunged several hundred feet in seconds before the flight crew was able to stop at the last second to avoid a fatal accident, according to a memo Southwest sent to its former pilots. One week and obtained by Bloomberg.

The airline said no one was injured during the passenger flight.

Southwest Flight 2786 was flying at an altitude of about 1,000 feet after attempting to land due to bad weather when it descended within 400 feet of the sea, according to data from ADS-B Exchange, a flight tracking website.

The plane fell 600 feet within seconds, narrowly missing the ocean, the memo said. Getty Images

According to Bloomberg, it fell at an alarming rate of more than 4,000 feet per second.

The panicked pilot began to climb as fast as he could.

The pilot “rolled over and landed hard and almost went out of control – very close,” Kit Darby, a former commercial pilot and flight instructor, told the outlet. “It would feel like a rollercoaster ride. “

The plane had left Honolulu for a short flight to Lihue Airport. Given the flight time, the captain appointed the “newest” first officer in command, according to the memo.

The pilot decided to cancel the landing as the plane approached the airport because weather conditions blocked the view of the runway.

The first officer “accidentally” pushed the controls forward while monitoring the thrust level based on the plane’s automatic throttle, the memo said.

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No one was injured on board the aircraft. Battle with stocks

To compensate, the pilot reduced speed causing the aircraft to descend rapidly and sounded the warnings.

The captain ordered the first officer to increase thrust, causing the plane to climb “aggressively” at a speed of 8,000 feet per minute, the memo said.

The plane returned to Honolulu, where it landed safely.

Darby told Bloomberg that flights gradually descend at a rate of 1,500 to 2,000 feet per minute as they approach their destinations, reaching 2,600 feet at once within five miles of the airport.

“Nothing is more important to Southwest than safety,” Southwest told the newspaper in a statement when asked about the incident.

“Thanks to our robust safety management system, the incident was handled appropriately as we always strive for continuous improvement,” the spokesperson added.

Southwest concluded that better communication among crew members was critical, the memo said. It pledged to review industry and internal data to determine whether protocols and training need to be updated.

Bloomberg reported that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The terrifying incident happened just a month before a 73-year-old British man was killed when a Singapore Airlines Boeing plane encountered heavy turbulence on Tuesday, plummeting at 6,000 feet and sending unbelted passengers flying into the baggage compartments.

Another 30 passengers were infected on board a Boeing 777 flight on May 21 en route from London to Singapore.

Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau reported that the rapid change in gravity “most likely sent the unbelted passengers flying,” while the second shift likely caused them to hit the ground again.


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