HONOLULU – The Coast Guard has rescued all four passengers aboard a second single engine aircraft that ran out of fuel and ditched approximately 11 miles west of Oahu, Sunday. It was the second such incident in Hawai’i waters in a day. A lone pilot ditched his aircraft 250 miles short of Maui yesterday afternoon on a flight from California.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located and hoisted all four passengers. They were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers point where they were transferred to emergency medical services. The condition of the passengers is not known.
At 6:18 p.m., the pilot contacted the Hawaii Control Facility at Honolulu International Airport and declared and in flight emergency 30 miles west of Oahu. The pilot reported the aircraft was running out of fuel and that the aircraft may have to ditch.
At 6:27 p.m., the aircraft disappeared from radar and lost communications.
The Coast Guard diverted a crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew previously involved in Sunday’s ditching of a single engine Cirrus SR-22. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake also launched.
The single engine Cessna was flying from Hanapepe, Kauai to Kalaeloa, Oahu.
Three adults and one child were aboard the aircraft.