Federal officials say two pilots who were forced to land a Boeing 737 cargo plane at sea in Hawaii early Friday have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Authorities say the pilots had a mechanical problem after boarding a 33-minute flight from Honolulu to Kahului Airport, Maui’s regional airport.
The pilots were on their way to Daniel K in Honolulu when they were forced to make an emergency landing off the coast at 1:30 a.m. local time. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Crystal Ezio emailed that Inoue had attempted to return to the international airport.
The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter, rescue plane, cutter and 45-foot boat to search for the pilots. 2:30 p.m., The helicopter saw debris and two pilots in the water, Two miles south of Kalelova, Oahu.
The unidentified pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department. At the time, the Coast Guard said winds were blowing at 17 mph and the seas could be up to five feet.
Both pilots were in “good condition.” Lieutenant CMDR Coast Guard spokeswoman Karin Evelyn said in an email. They were both sent to a hospital and are in stable condition, The Coast Guard said in a statement.
The Coast Guard released a grain video of the early morning rescue in which boats can be seen approaching two shapes at sea.
“There is air debris,” Commander Evelyn said. “USCG will evaluate pollution in the first light.”
Ms Esiao said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the incident.