The Southwest Airlines plane plunged ‘like a roller coaster’ to within 400 feet of the ocean

The captain of an airplane but less experienced co-pilot who was in charge of a short-haul flight in Hawaii before it crashed and came terrifyingly close to a fatal crash into the ocean

Southwest Airlines says event was “handled appropriately”(AFP via Getty Images)

A Southwest Airlines plane plummeted hundreds of feet and crashed dangerously close to the ocean after an aborted landing, a report said.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was near Hawaii when it had to abort its landing due to weather conditions in April, before falling several hundred feet in just seconds – much faster than the typical speed of 1,500 to 2,000 feet per minute . But the fast-working crew managed to pull the plane back up and prevent it from crashing into the ocean after falling from a height of 1,000 feet.

The plane climbed quickly after the alarming ordeal, which took place during the short flight from Honolulu to Lihue Airport. Kit Darby, a former commercial airline pilot and flight instructor, said the pilot was “flying up and down with the power and almost going out of control – very close,” adding that it “would feel like a roller coaster ride.”

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The flight crashed 400 feet above sea level(VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

As a result of the shorter-than-usual flight time, the plane’s captain had put a “newer” first officer in charge of Southwest Flight 2786, read a memo obtained by Bloomberg. But when weather conditions blocked the view of the runway during the approach, the pilot decided to abort the landing.

But the first officer reportedly “inadvertently” pushed the controls forward while monitoring the thrust level – which adjusts based on the plane’s automatic throttle. The pilot therefore decided to cut speed, causing the aircraft to make a rapid descent.

The captain quickly ordered his co-pilot to increase thrust, causing the plane to quickly take off at an “aggressive” speed of 8,500 feet per minute before landing safely back in Honolulu, according to the memo. The FAA is now investigating the incident.

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