Coast Guard rescues 2 after small aircraft goes down off Lanai

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The US Coast Guard (USCG) successfully rescued two pilots from a downed DA40 Diamond Star aircraft approximately eight miles off Lanai on Saturday, Feb. 27, and says no major injuries have been reported.

According to the FAA, the single-engine Diamond DA40, belonging to George’s Aviation Services, crashed into the water approximately three miles west of Lanai City. Two people were aboard and rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Honolulu Emergency Medical officials evaluated, treated and transported the two patients in serious condition to a trauma hospital after they were brought to 1 Coral Sea Road in Kapolei, Oahu.

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A USCG helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was able to locate both individuals by 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the USCG Hawaii Pacific Twitter account.

A USCG official said, watchstanders received a report around 5:49 p.m. stating the aircraft was likely going to ditch in the water due to engine trouble. After locating the pilots, the Barbers Point helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer to administer aid and hoist the patients to safety.

Rescue response crews from the Maui County Fire Department and Molokai Fire Department were also deployed in response to the downed aircraft.

The aircraft reportedly sank, according to USCG officials, and is not a threat to ocean navigation. Both pilots were transported to emergency services and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

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