Have you ever wondered what happens when a plane runs out of fuel over the ocean?
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a small plane from the Bay Area had to ditch in the ocean using a built in parachute after running out of fuel near the coast of Hawaii.
The pilot of a single engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft that ran out of fuel is safe after ditching his aircraft 253 miles northeast of Maui, Hawaii Sunday. At approximately 4:44 p.m. the pilot was able to deploy the aircraft’s airframe parachute system and safely exit the aircraft into a life raft. (Now that took some TravelSkills, right? 🙂 )
The Holland America Veendam cruise ship en route to Lahaina nearby was diverted to help rescue the pilot of the downed plane. Imagine watching all this unfold off the deck of a cruise ship. Unforgettable.
The dramatic video was shot by the crew of a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane, which maintained communications with the pilot during the ditching. The most dramatic footage in the video above is toward the end after splashdown when the pilot evacuates into a life raft and the cruise ship arrives to save him.
Wow! Just wow.
What’s your biggest flying fear?
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