Plane Ditched in Ocean Off the Big Island Was to Be Sold

The rescued pilot of a Cessna 310 twin-engine aircraft ditched in the ocean near Hawaii on Friday was attempting to deliver the plane for an aircraft broker, federal aviation records show.

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A Cessna 310 ditches in the ocean off the Big Island of Hawaii

Officials offered no explanation Monday as to why the aircraft may have run out of fuel.

Charles Brian Mellor, 65, of Spain, was an experienced airman, licensed in the U.S. as an instructor and commercial pilot, according to FAA records.

Monterey Regional Airport Operations Manager Ken Griggs said Mellor purchased 151.8 gallons of fuel at the airport before departing for Hawaii on Friday morning…

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It’s not often that a video camera is handy at the exact moment a pilot has to ditch, but that was the case when a pilot ferrying a Cessna 310 to Hawaii from California ran out of fuel on Friday. Charles Mellor, 65, told controllers he was running low on fuel when he was about 500 miles from Hilo, about 11 hours after his departure from Monterey. The Coast Guard sent an HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu to escort the airplane. Coast Guard pilots maintained communications with Mellor for more than an hour until his engines quit, about 13 miles from land. After splashing down, Mellor climbed from the cockpit onto the wing. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew assisted in the rescue, sending a rescue swimmer to fetch Mellor and help hoist him into the helicopter. Mellor was taken to a hospital in Hilo and later released. He suffered no significant injuries, the Coast Guard said.