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    US Navy Says it Will Cost $1.5M to Salvage Jet Plane That Crashed on Hawaii Coral Reef

    US Navy Says it Will Cost $1.5M to Salvage Jet Plane That Crashed on Hawaii Coral Reef

    (AP) — The U.S. Navy estimates it will cost $1.5 million to salvage a jet plane that crashed on a coral reef in Hawaii nearly two weeks ago, officials said Saturday.

    Navy spokesman Mohammad Issa said the salvage efforts are focused on protecting the environment and safely recovering the aircraft in a way that retains its combat capability. He said $200,000 has already been spent on the operation.

    The Navy plans to use inflatable cylinders to lift and roll the jet plane off the reef where it crashed on Nov. 20.

    The P-8A, the 's version of a Boeing 737 jet, slammed into an environmentally sensitive bay about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Honolulu when it overshot the runway at Marine Corps Hawaii. None of the nine people on board were injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

    Rear Adm. Kevin Lenox, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 3 who is leading the salvage effort, said Friday he is confident the operation can be carried out without further damaging the reef.

    The Navy released underwater video on Wednesday showing the aircraft's landing gear wheels resting on parts of crushed coral and much of the rest of the plane floating above the reef in Kaneohe Bay.

    A Navy team has removed nearly all of the estimated 2,000 gallons (7,500 liters) of fuel from the aircraft.

    Hawaii state officials are due to examine the reef for damage once the plane is removed.

    Kaneohe Bay is home…

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