/Pilots Who Landed Boeing 737 in Waters Off Hawaii Are Rescued – The New York Times

Pilots Who Landed Boeing 737 in Waters Off Hawaii Are Rescued – The New York Times


Two pilots forced to land a Boeing 737 cargo plane in the ocean off Hawaii early on Friday morning were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the federal officials.

The pilots reported having engine trouble soon after they embarked on a 33-minute flight from Honolulu to Kahului Airport, a regional airport on the island of Maui, the authorities said.

The pilots were trying to return to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu when they were forced to make the emergency landing off the coast at about 1:30 a.m. local time, Crystal Essiaw, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter, a rescue plane, a cutter and a 45-foot boat to search for the pilots. At 2:30 a.m., the helicopter spotted the debris and the two pilots in the water, about two miles south of Kalaeloa, Oahu.

The pilots, who were not identified, were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department. At the time, the Coast Guard reported winds of about 17 miles per hour and the seas up to five feet.

Both pilots were in “good condition,” Lt. Cmdr. Karin Evelyn, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, 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 grainy video of the early morning rescue, in which boats could be seen approaching two forms in the ocean as a helicopter hovered above.

“The plane debris remains,” Commander Evelyn said. “The U.S.C.G. will evaluate the pollution at first light.”

Ms. Essiaw said the F.A.A. and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the incident.

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