All nine people aboard the US Navy plane that overran the runway escaped injury, a Hawaii official said.
The Coast Guard responded, but rescue efforts were quickly called off, said Petty Officer Ryan Fisher, a spokesman for the Coast Guard.
“It looks like all parties involved have recovered,” he said.
The P-8A overran the runway at the sea base in Kaneohe Bay, said US Marine Corps spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Perez. No further information was available on him.
A photo taken by a witness showed the plane resting on the beach, reminiscent of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when a commercial airliner piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency landing in the New York River. All 155 people on board survived.
The P-8A piloted by Sullenberger and the Airbus A320 are roughly the same size.
Diane Dirks and her family were returning to the dock after a rainstorm halted their pontoon boat trip when her daughter noticed the plane was in the water.
“We ran to the end of the dock and I took some pictures,” he said.
Then a siren was heard from somewhere.
Dirks, who is visiting from Illinois, said her daughter had a pair of binoculars to watch the birds so she could see the plane and rescue boats coming.
“It was incredible,” she said.
The Honolulu Fire Department called 911 shortly after 2 p.m. saying the plane had crashed, said spokesman Malcolm K. Medrano said in an email.
It was cloudy and raining. Visibility was about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers), said National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Vaughan in Honolulu.
The P-8A is often used to hunt submarines and spy and collect intelligence. It is manufactured by Boeing and shares many components with the 737 business jet.
The Marine Corps base is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Honolulu on Oahu, Hawaii. The base houses about 9,300 soldiers and 5,100 family members. It is one of several major military installations on Oahu.
The site is located in Kaneohe Bay, home to coral reefs, a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks, and the University of Hawaii Marine Biological Research Institute.
Associated Press writer Jennifer Cinco Kelleher contributed to this report. Dubui reported from New York.