Small plane pilot runs out of fuel, lands in ocean

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued the pilot of a small plane who was forced to land in the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel while flying from California to Hawaii.

Petty Officer Angela Henderson says 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 Monterrey, Calif., splashed down.

He was rescued and taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown.