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8 people are rescued after fiery plane wreck in ocean

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HILO, Hawaii — Eight people aboard a small sightseeing plane that went down in the Pacific Ocean with an engine apparently on fire were pulled safely from the water, authorities said.

The 10-seat Piper Navajo Chieftain owned by tour and charter company Big Island Air was approaching Hilo International Airport when the pilot said he was going to ditch it in the ocean off Honoli'i Point, about four miles from the airport.

The plane went down at least 200 yards from shore at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

Four survivors were taken by helicopter to Hilo Medical Center, while the other four were rescued by boat.