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American passenger plane ends up in the ocean within 400 feet of crashing

A US federal investigation is underway after a Southwest Airlines flight ended up in the ocean within 400 feet of the coast of a Hawaiian island in April this year.

The incident aboard Southwest Flight 2786 came to public light after Bloomberg reported a memo to pilots about the incident over the weekend.

The memo indicated that a “newer” first officer was flying the aircraft at the time and accidentally pushed forward on the control column.

Flight data shows that the Boeing 737 Max 8 falls at a speed of more than 1,200 meters per minute while it is only 180 meters above sea level, and then sinks to a depth of 120 meters before climbing again.

In a statement to CNN, Southwest acknowledged the incident but did not elaborate on the memo or why the incident occurred.

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

“Our robust safety management system ensured the event was handled appropriately as we always strive for continuous improvement.”

The flight was an inter-island flight between Honolulu Airport and Lihue Airport on the neighboring island of Kauai. According to the internal memo, the pilots decided to abort a landing there in bad weather and return to Honolulu.