Federal officials say two pilots who were forced to land a Boeing 737 cargo plane at sea in Hawaii early Friday have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Authorities say the pilots had a mechanical problem after boarding a 33-minute flight from Honolulu to Kahului Airport, Maui’s regional airport.
The pilots were on their way to Daniel K in Honolulu when they were forced to make an emergency landing off the coast at 1:30 a.m. local time. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Crystal Ezio emailed that Inoue had attempted to return to the international airport.
The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter, rescue plane, cutter and a small boat to search for the pilots. At around 2:30 a.m., the helicopter saw debris and two pilots in the water.
The unidentified pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department.
Both pilots were in “good condition” and one of the pilots, Lt. CMDR. Coast Guard spokeswoman Karin Evelyn said in an email.
“There’s air debris,” he said. “USCG will evaluate pollution in the first light.”
Ms Esiao said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the incident.
In a statement, he said Boeing was monitoring reports of emergency landings.
“We are in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and we are working to gather more information,” the company said.
The 737-200 can be up to 100 feet long and can accommodate up to 130 passengers. According to Boeing’s description of the aircraft.