Maui News

Hilo Man Seriously Injured in Small Plane Crash

April 19, 2012, 2:36 PM HST
* Updated April 19, 2:37 PM
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Hawai'i Island, aerial file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A 68-year-old Hilo man is in serious condition following a small plane crash in Oʻokala this morning.

The incident was reported at 10:45 a.m. near the 30-mile marker of Route 19 (Hawaii Belt Road).

The man was the lone-occupant aboard the craft when it crash landed.

Hawaiʻi Police from the North Hilo District say the man attempted an emergency landing onto a newly planted corn field after his two-seat single-engine propeller airplane reportedly lost power due to engine failure.

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North Hilo officers responded to the scene along with Fire Department rescue personnel, who extricated the man from the plane and airlifted him to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment.

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North Hilo police say an investigator from the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive at the scene later today.

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