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Man Flying From Monterey To Hawaii Ditches Small Plane In Ocean

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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a pilot flying a Cessna from Monterey to Hilo, Hawaii was forced to ditch his plane after running out of fuel on October 6, 2011. (CBS)

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a pilot flying a Cessna from Monterey to Hilo, Hawaii was forced to ditch his plane after running out of fuel on October 6, 2011. (CBS)

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HILO, Hawaii (CBS / AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued the pilot of a small plane who was forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel while flying from California’s Central Coast to Hawaii.

Petty Officer Angela Henderson said the 65-year-old pilot, whose name was not released, called for help Friday afternoon after noticing his Cessna was low on fuel about 400 miles east of Hilo.  The Guard sent a plane to fly alongside him and dispatched a vessel known as a cutter to the area.

The Guard was waiting when the pilot, who had been flying the twin-engine plane to the Big Island from Monterey, splashed down 13 miles shy of the island.

A rescue swimmer helped hoist the man to a hovering helicopter.

He was hospitalized with minor injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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