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Single engine airplane preparing to ditch off Maui

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A single engine aircraft made a distress call to the Coast Guard after running out of fuel 975 miles north of the Big Island.

The pilot contacted the Hawaii National Guard at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that his aircraft had approximately three hours of fuel remaining. He would be ditching 230 miles north east of Maui.

The Coast Guard has launched crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point.

The aircraft in distress, a Cirrus SR-22, was 529 miles north east of the Big Island as of 2:35 p.m. It was expected to rendezvous with the Hercules around 3:20 p.m. 

One person is aboard the single engine Cirrus SR-22. 

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