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News Around the Fleet

News | Nov. 21, 2023

Update: P-8A Mishap in Kaneohe Bay

By U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

At approximately 2 p.m. local (Hawaii) Nov. 20, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon overshot the runway while landing at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, and ended up in nearby water.

All personnel safely evacuated the aircraft and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The crew was returning from a regularly scheduled flight. The Navy will convene an investigation to determine the cause and contributing factors of the mishap.

First responders and emergency crews acted immediately to conduct an initial assessment and employed floating barriers to protect the surrounding environment. Additionally, divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 worked overnight to help stabilize the aircraft. Preliminary assessment indicates the aircraft is structurally intact, and there was no sign of fuel leaking from the aircraft.

The P-8A crew, assigned to Whidbey Island, Washington-based Patrol Squadron (VP)-4 “Skinny Dragons,” were on a detachment in support of maritime homeland defense. There were nine crewmembers on board – three pilots and six crewmembers (two officer and four enlisted).

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet activated a response team to address aircraft recovery, force protection, and environmental concerns.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

The U.S. Navy fact file on the P-8A Poseidon can be found at the following link: