The Coast Guard transported three passengers to Emergency Medical Services after a plane crashed in the ocean approximately one mile off Kalaupapa, Molokai, Wednesday.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center received report of a plane crash with nine passengers aboard at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.
The Coast Guard launched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and one HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu. Coast Guard Cutters Ahi and Galveston Island, home-ported in Honolulu, and two 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crews from Station Maui were also dispatched to the scene.
Rescue swimmers from the Dolphin helicopters were deployed, rescuing three passengers in the water. Maui Fire Rescue rescued additional passengers.
Three people were transported by Dolphin helicopter crews to Honolulu for emergency medical services. Two people were transported by a Makani CKai company plane to Honolulu and the rest of the passengers remained on Molokai.
For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu public affairs officer at (808) 292-3692.
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