Two Rescued From Downed Aircraft

 HONOLULU – Two people Friday evening were rescued from a life raft shortly after the small plane they were in crashed into the water about two miles south of Koko Head.

Honolulu Fire Department rescue personnel in Air 1 airlifted one person from the raft to shore where an awaiting ambulance further transported the person for medical treatment. The second person was transferred from the liferaft to an HFD rescue boat and taken to shore. The condition of either person is unknown.

The Coast Guard Command Center personnel received an initial call from the Federal Aviation Administration at about 5:52 p.m. reporting a small plane declaring an emergency. About a minute later, the FAA contacted the Command Center reporting the plane had crashed into the water about two miles south of Koko Head.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew, from Air Station Barbers Point, a 25-foot rescue boat and crew, from Honolulu, and the HFD rescue resources were sent to the crash position.

The Coast Guard was notified that at about 6:31 p.m. both people has been rescued from the life raft. The plane’s emergency location transmitter has not emitted a signal and there is not sign of pollution or wreckage.

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