2 pilots injured in cargo plane crash off coast of Hawaii

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July 2 (UPI) — The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause a Boeing 737 cargo plane crash in the Pacific Ocean off West Oahu, Hawaii.

Both pilots were rescued in the incident, but with serious injuries.

The Transair Flight 810 pilots reported an engine problem near Kalaeloa Airport at around 1:45 a.m. The plane took off from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport headed to Kahului, Maui.

Lt. Commander Karin Evelyn said the U.S. Coast Guard received notice of the downed plane via email, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

A Coast Guard helicopter made it to the area an hour later and found the wreckage of the aircraft and the two pilots in the water.

One pilot was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The medical center announced that a 58-year-old pilot is in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

The other, a 50-year-old pilot, is in serious condition and is suffering for a head injury and lacerations.

He was pulled from the water by the Honolulu Fire Department, transported to the shore by a lifeboat and taken to a hospital.

The NTSB sent a team of seven to investigate the incident.

The NTSB and FAA will provide full reports.

UPI

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