A small plane with four people on board crashed into the water off the coast of Hawaii after running out of fuel, just hours after the pilot of another plane ran out of fuel and safely landing his plane off the coast of Maui – all five surviving the incidents.
A single-engine Cessna carrying three adults and one child on board radioed a distress call at 6:18 p.m. (11:18 p.m. ET), the Coast Guard said. The plane was flying from Kauai to Oahu when it disappeared from radar about 10 minutes later. All four people, including one-year-old child, were rescued by helicopter and taken to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point near Honolulu, where they were transferred for emergency medical services. Officials say all four were treated for minor injuries sustained in the accident.
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Hours earlier, a single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft flying from California ran out of fuel north of Hawaii, but the pilot was able to deploy the plane’s parachute and glide it to safety in the Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard said. A nearby cruise ship picked up the pilot, who wasn’t identified, and was reported to be in good condition. Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were seas of 9 to 12 feet and winds of 25 to 28 mph, CBS News reported. The pilot’s plane remained partly submerged Sunday night about 250 miles from Maui, where it went down a few hours after the pilot contacted the Hawaii National Guard around 12:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET) and said his aircraft had about three hours of fuel left. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu contact the Holland America cruise ship, which coordinated the rescue with the pilot. The pilot was unhurt in the crash.
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