Category Archives: Transair (Hawaii)

Rhoades Aviation dba Transair is grounded

Transair (Hawaii) Boeing 737-209 (F) N809TA (msn 23796) HNL (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 932174.

Transair, operated by Rhoades Aviation, which operated the Boeing 737-200 that ditched in the Pacific Ocean near Honolulu on July 2 has been grounded by the FAA.

The FAA has been looking into the maintenance and safety practices of Transair’s parent company, Rhoades Aviation, since the fall of 2020.

The FAA notified the company that it could no longer conduct maintenance inspections, in effect, grounding the remaining Transair Boeing 737-200s.

The order took effect on July 16, 2021.

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Air cargo company that ditched plane off Hawaii is grounded (

The all-cargo Boeing 737-200 aircraft are operated by Rhoades Aviation,Inc. d/b/a Transair, and the all-cargo Shorts SD3-60-300 are operated by Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii, Inc. d/b/a Transair Express.

Top Copyright Photo: Transair (Hawaii) Boeing 737-209 (F) N809TA (msn 23796) HNL (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 932174.

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NTSB Investigation of Transair flight 810 ditching continues

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the crash of Transair flight 810 on July 2, 2021 continues as investigators continue to gather information and evidence.

Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810, a Boeing 737-200 (N810TA), ditched in the waters of Mamala Bay near Honolulu, shortly after takeoff from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Hawaii. Flight 810 was operating under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 121, as a cargo flight bound for Kahului International Airport, Kahului, Hawaii. Both members of the two-person flight crew were injured and were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department. The airplane was substantially damaged and sank.

The NTSB’s investigation began Friday with the arrival in Hawaii of several investigators. The remainder of the NTSB’s Go Team arrived late afternoon Saturday.

The NTSB conducted an organizational meeting Saturday evening with the parties to the investigation which include:

  • The Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Boeing Company
  • Pratt and Whitney
  • The National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • Rhoades Aviation

The Investigator-in-Charge formed the following investigative groups:

  • Powerplants
  • Airplane Systems
  • Structures
  • Operations
  • Human Performance
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Maintenance Records
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder
  • Flight Data Recorder

The team is also supported by NTSB specialists in Meteorology and Airports who are working from the NTSB’s headquarters.

A small amount of floating debris was recovered and taken to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, where it was examined by NTSB investigators.

Before the cockpit voice and flight data recorders can be recovered, the exact location of the plane on the ocean floor must be determined. Investigators plan to use side scan sonar Monday to survey the debris field, the condition of the airplane and its location, including how far beneath the surface the plane sank. That information will be used to determine how and when the recorders could be recovered and then how and if the airplane will be salvaged.

Meanwhile investigators are scheduling interviews with flight 810’s two pilots, air traffic controllers, and Transair maintenance employees.

In general terms, NTSB investigators develop factual information in three areas: the people involved in an accident, the equipment involved in the accident and the environment in which the accident occurred. ​

The NTSB has released the following photos of the aircraft that broke apart on ditching:


A classic 46-YO Boeing 737-275C is forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean near Honolulu

Transair (Hawaii) (Rhoades Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Transair) Boeing 737-275C N810TA (msn 21116) today (July 2) was operating a cargo flight T4 810 this morning from Honolulu to Kahului (Kona).

After departure from HNL, the crew was forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean as it was attempting to return to the airport. The crew reported an engine failure and was having difficulty maintaining altitude when it ditched.

The two crew members were rescued at sea.

The airframe was originally delivered to Pacific Western Airlines as C-GDPW on October 10, 1975.

More from CBS News: Boeing 737 cargo plane makes emergency landing in Pacific Ocean off Hawaii; 2 pilots rescued – CBS News

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The company has been operating since 1982.

The combined Transair and Transair Express all-cargo fleet of five (now four) Boeing 737-200s and five Shorts SD3-60-300 aircraft fly daily to all major Hawaiian island destinations of Kauai, Maui, Kona and Hilo with extended service to Lanai and Molokai.

All images by the airline.

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Transair of Hawaii is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-200C freighter

Transair (Honolulu) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-200C freighter for its inter-island cargo network in Hawaii. Boeing 737-2T4C N306AL (msn 23066, ex XA-RCB) was formerly operated by Regional Cargo of Mexico. The new addition is being prepared in California for the delivery flight across the Pacific to Hawaii.

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. N306AL gleams in the sunshine at Merced, California on February 3.

Bottom Photo: Transair. The current fleet uses Shorts SD3-60 freighters for its cargo network.

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