HILO, Hi (KTLA
) -- A 65-year-old pilot flying from California en route to Hilo was forced to make an emergency landing in the ocean Friday night after his aircraft ran out of gas, the U.S. Coast Guard
The 65-year-old man whose identity was not immediately released was flying a Cessna 310 twin-engine aircraft out of Monterey when he was forced to ditch the vessel 13 miles off the coast of Hilo.
The pilot radioed federal aviation authorities when he was about 500 miles out to let them know that he was low on fuel, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said.
According to CNN
, the Coast Guard deployed rescue crews aboard a C-130 Hercules and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to assist the pilot in executing a safe emergency landing.
But the plane ran out of fuel before help could reach the pilot, forcing him to ditch.
The rescue crews pulled the pilot to safety and transported him to Hilo Medical Center for evaluation.
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