Four passengers, three adults and one child are now safe after a single-engine aircraft ran out of fuel off Oahu.
The plane, a Cessna 172, was successfully ditched west of Barbers Point, approximately 11 miles offshore.
At 6:18 p.m., the pilot issued a distress call to the Hawaii Control Facility at Honolulu International Airport and declared an in-flight emergency while the aircraft was 30 miles west of Oahu. The pilot reported that the aircraft was running out of fuel.
At 6:27 p.m., the aircraft disappeared from radar and lost communications. It was flying from Hanapepe on Kauai to Kalaeloa on Oahu.
“We searched for a little bit and were able to locate a light in the water. That’s the only thing we saw. We didn’t see any wreckage right away,” said Lt. Commander Clay Clary, “so we came down into a hover and found the light was attached to a life jacket down there and when we looked a little closer we saw we had survivors in the water.”
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located and hoisted all four passengers and were flown to the Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point where they were transferred to Emergency Medical Services.
According to EMS, the passengers included a 22-year-old female, 24-year-old male, 37-year-old male and a one-year-old girl. All four were in stable condition.
This was the second plane crash the U.S. Coast Guard responded to on Sunday, Jan. 25.
The first occurred at around 12:30 p.m., and involved a pilot who ditched his plane off Maui.