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FAA: Plane “Lost Engine Power” Before Landing on Maui Highway

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A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

 By Wendy Osher

All 10 people aboard a small Cessna commuter aircraft, including eight passengers and two pilots, were uninjured after the plane made an emergency landing on the Piʻilani Highway in South Maui last night.

A preliminary report filed by the Federal Aviation Administration says the Mokulele Airlines Express Caravan craft sustained only minor damage when the forced landing occurred just after 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

FAA spokesperson, Ian Gregor said the Mokulele flight 1770, “lost engine power after departing from Maui for Kamuela.”

The report was corroborated by Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga who said preliminary reports indicate the pilots aboard had experienced engine trouble prior to landing.

The aircraft made a forced landing, coming to a stop just south of the intersection of the Piʻilani Highway and Kilohana Drive, according to preliminary FAA accident report data.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Gregor confirmed that no one aboard the plane was injured in the incident. He continued, “Nobody on the ground was injured and nothing on the ground was damaged.

The FAA has launched an investigation into the incident.

The highway remained closed until around 10:45 p.m. on Monday while officials with the state Department of Transportation conducted an investigation.

The plane has since been moved to an empty lot between the Wailea Fire Station and the Kilohana/Piʻilani Highway intersection.

Investigators were on scene inspecting the aircraft this morning as spectators stopped by to snap photos of the plane, which has become a small road-side spectacle.

The area was cordoned off by police tape to prevent the public from getting too close to the plane, and the investigation taking place.

***Additional photos and video are posted in our initial report available at the following link. More photos are also available on our Facebook page.

A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A team of investigators had planned to speak with pilots today following the emergency landing of a Cessna plane on the Piʻilani Highway last night. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Photo courtesy Erik Blair.

Photo courtesy Kevin J Olson.

Photo courtesy Kevin J Olson.

Photo courtesy Kevin J Olson.

Photo courtesy Kevin J Olson.

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  • waileaguy

    Awesome job with that landing. I give the pilot credit for avoiding all of those power lines in darkness. That wasn’t an easy job. Kudos to you man.

  • norman smith

    Driving along the highway today, I now realize just how heroic these pilots were by maneuvering around the multiple power lines, telephone poles, terrain and not to mention traffic–all in the dark. Someone was surely watching over those aboard.

  • Maui_Mike

    What an amazing job of flying that was, after looking over the area I don’t know how they avoided all the obstacles, great job!
    I guess that proves any landing you walk away from is a good landing.


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