The Associated Press - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the pilot of a small plane who was forced to land in the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel while flying from California to Hawai'i on Friday, Oct. 7. Petty Officer Angela Henderson said that the 65-year-old pilot, whose name was not released, called for help Friday afternoon after noticing his Cessna was low on fuel about 400 miles east of Hilo. The Coast Guard sent a plane to fly alongside him and dispatched a vessel, known as a cutter, to the area.
The Coast Guard was waiting when the pilot, who had been flying the twin-engine plane to Hawai'i Island from Monterey, Calif., splashed down. He was rescued and taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown.