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FAA investigating plane crash off Lanai that injured 2

Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 at 8:02 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash off Lanai on Saturday night.

Officials said two men were seriously injured when the single-engine aircraft they were in crashed about eight miles off Lanai, apparently after experiencing engine trouble.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the men about an hour after the crash.

The victims were flown to Oahu, where they met by Emergency Medical Services crews. Authorities described their injuries as non-life-threatening and said they were treated and taken to an area hospital.

“As a watchstander, this is the type of outcome we want to see with every case,” said Lt. j.g. Makenzy Karnehm, of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

“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.”

The search for the single-engine DA40-Diamond Star aircraft started about 6 p.m., when the Coast Guard received a report that the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble and was likely to ditch in the water.

In addition to the Coast Guard, the Maui and Molokai fire department deployed helicopters and boats to aid in the search.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the downed aircraft about 7 p.m. A rescue swimmer was able to help hoist the two onboard to safety.

Coast Guard officials said the aircraft is reported to have sunk and does not present a threat to navigation.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Hawaii News Now has also reached out to the NTSB for additional information.

This story will be updated.

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