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Wreckage of plane in Molokai crash arrives in Honolulu

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:19 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

The wreckage of a plane that crashed off Molokai has arrived in Honolulu.

Makani Kai Air owner Richard Schuman said Thursday a salvage dive team was able to recover the plane's single engine.

The engine lost power soon after the plane took off from Kalaupapa last week, forcing a water landing. Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy was a passenger and the only fatality of the nine people onboard.

Schuman says the wreckage and the engine arrived in Honolulu on a ship Wednesday night.

He says the engine will be transported to a factory of the engine manufacturer, where the National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused it to fail.

The NTSB initially believed the plane couldn't be recovered but it was eventually spotted off the north shore of Molokai.

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honokai wrote:
Good work. We need to know why we have recently had two of these birds go down.
on December 19,2013 | 11:42AM
inverse wrote:
Doesn't this plane have a turboprop engine, which means it is not a piston engine rather a jet turbine turning the propeller? They heard a loud bang, so does that mean either a bird got caught inside or the did spinning impeller blades that compresses the air catastrophically failed on its own?
on December 19,2013 | 02:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
"inverse"...correct...this plane while using a propeller has a jet engine vs a piston engine... Highly doubt it was a bird strike as the bird would have had to go through the props to get ingested into the engine which makes it highly unlikely.
on December 19,2013 | 10:18PM
frontman wrote:
When one of nidies and that person is the ONLY person to verify gbama's birth certificate......................fishy or not, it smells.
on December 19,2013 | 12:18PM
Anonymous wrote:
"frontman" ...GET A LIFE...
on December 19,2013 | 10:18PM
cojef wrote:
Always felt uncomfortable even flying in a twin-engine plane, let alone a single-engine one. Turbo-props are supposed to be safe, but all metals have limitations. Metal fatigue may be the cause or as someone posted a foreign object was sucked in the turbo.
on December 19,2013 | 03:42PM
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