A New Zealand pilot, attempting to fly from Hilo (HI) to
Woodland (CA) died after making what parajumpers described as a
good water landing.
Kelvin Stark, 58, had made this kind of ferry flight several times
in the past, according to the US Coast Guard. Although the ferry
aircraft, a PAC 750XL made in New Zealand, carried enough fuel for
a 17-hour flight, Stark ran out of avgas only 11 hours 45 minutes
into the journey. Stark was delivering the Pacific Aerospace
aircraft to Utility Aircraft Corporation in Woodland (CA), where it
was to be converted for use by skydivers.