Boeing plane crashes off Hawaii after 'experiencing engine trouble as pilot rushed to trauma center'

A BOEING plane crashed off Hawaii after "experiencing engine trouble" as a pilot was rushed to the trauma center.

According to the state Department of Transportation, the crash happened around 1.45am about 2 miles off Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii News Now reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two pilots were on board and made an emergency landing.

"The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water," the agency said in a statement.

The pair were rescued and it is believed that no one else is on board.

One of the pilots was reportedly airlifted by the US Coast Guard to a local hospital, while a rescue boat took the other passenger to shore.

According to ABC, the pilot was in intensive care and critically injured.

The aircraft was flying from Maui to Honolulu on Friday morning when it went down. The outlet reported that the plane was 45 years old.

No other information was immediately released.

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