2 small planes ditch into sea off Hawaii; all aboard survive

Jan 26, 2015 10:50 AM by News Staff, Photo Courtesy United States Coast Guard

HONOLULU (AP) - Authorities say two small planes ran out of fuel and went into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, but the five people aboard both aircraft survived.

The Coast Guard says the separate incidents Sunday involved a plane carrying a solo pilot 250 miles off Hawaii, and another with four people aboard just a few miles offshore.

The pilot traveling from Tracy, California, to Maui radioed authorities of plans to ditch because of dwindling fuel. The Coast Guard directed the plane to ditch near a cruise ship, which rescued the pilot in good condition.

Later Sunday, a single-engine plane flying from Kauai to Oahu with four aboard ditched 11 miles offshore. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the three adults and one child.

Officials say all four were treated for undisclosed injuries.

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