A pilot survives a dramatic Pacific Ocean crash. The Coast Guard says the incident, which took place last Sunday, involved a single-engine airplane carrying a pilot about 250 miles off the island of Maui.
Traveling from Tracy to Maui, the pilot radioed authorities at 12:30 p.m. planning to ditch his Cirrus SR-22 aircraft because of dwindling fuel.
The Coast Guard directed the airplane near a cruise ship where the pilot deployed a parachute and safely got into a life raft. Amid 9- to 12-foot seas and winds of 25 to 28 mph, the cruise-ship crew rescued the pilot.