A Coast Guard crew captured some amazing video of a single-engine plane stalling in midair after it ran out of fuel off Hawaii.
The solo pilot crashed his single-engine plane into the Pacific and escaped safely, thanks to an “airframe parachute system” that softly dropped the plane onto the ocean before the pilot got into a life raft.
Adding to the lucky pilot’s safety net was a Holland America cruise ship nearby that launched a rescue boat and retrieved the uninjured man.
A good example of preparation, communication and coordination made for a happy ending.
Weather conditions at the time of the Jan. 26 rescue were seas of 9 to 12 feet and winds of 25 to 28 mph, according to a Coast Guard report.
The pilot, who was flying from California, said he ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after a mechanical problem occurred in its fuel system.
"The safety of the Cirrus SR22 aircraft was demonstrated again yesterday when our pilot, Lue Morton, successfully deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System over the Pacific Ocean," John Fiscus, chief pilot with The Flight Academy, told KMTR News.