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Small Plane Crashes Off Lana´i Coast

February 28, 2021, 5:31 PM HST
* Updated February 28, 5:35 PM
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A small airplane went down off the coast of Lana´i Saturday evening, leaving two men with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

The Coast Guard (CG), Maui County Fire Department and Moloka´i Fire Department rescued two pilots from the downed DA40 Diamond Star aircraft eight miles off Lana´i, according to a CG report.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescued the pilots and brought them to awaiting emergency services at the air station.

“As a watchstander, this is the type of outcome we want to see with every case,” said Lt. j.g. Makenzy Karnehm, a Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center watchstander. “Both the Coast Guard and our partners train together for incidents like this and once the call came in, we were able to quickly mobilize a robust response and rescue the pilots.”

At 5:49 pm Saturday, JRCC watchstanders received a report from the Honolulu Control Facility stating the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble and was likely going to ditch in the water. 

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Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and deployed the Dolphin and Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescue crews.

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Once on scene, the Dolphin helicopter crew located the two pilots and deployed a rescue swimmer to give aid and hoist the pilots to safety.

Maui County and Moloka´i Fire Departments deployed air and surface assets to aid in the rescue.

The aircraft is reported to have sank and does not present a threat to navigation. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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