Plane makes emergency landing in ocean, two rescued

Honolulu: A cargo plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii on Friday and both people on board have been rescued.

The pilots of the Transair Flight 810 had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 cargo aircraft in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

US Coast Guard Lt. Commander Karin Evelyn said in an email that they received a report around 1:40am of a downed inter-island transport plane. About an hour later, rescuers in a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the debris field and two people in the water, Evelyn said.

One person was hoisted into the helicopter and taken to Queens Medical Centre in good condition, Evelyn said. The Honolulu Fire Department rescued the other person who was also in good condition, she said. Their identities were not immediately released.

The plane debris remains at the scene, Evelyn said, and the Coast Guard will evaluate the pollution at first light.

No other information was immediately released.

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