NTSB releases preliminary report on Kealakekua ultralight crash - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

NTSB releases preliminary report on Kealakekua ultralight crash

Tedd Robert Hecklin Tedd Robert Hecklin
Kathryn Grace Moran Kathryn Grace Moran

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the April 21 crash of an ultralight aircraft into Kealakekua Bay off the island of Hawaii. The pilot, 38-year-old Tedd Robert Hecklin and his passenger, 37-year-old Kathryn Grace Moran were killed in the accident.

The report states that visual conditions prevailed and that no flight plan was filed for the sightseeing flight. The crash occurred 25 minutes after the aircraft left Kona International Airport.

The NTSB preliminary report makes note of eyewitness accounts, indicating that the plane was about 350 feet above the water and going into a turn when it "flipped over". After the aircraft was inverted, the wings folded around the fuselage and collapsed. The aircraft then plunged into the water.

Crew members from two Zodiac tour boats in the bay rushed to the crash site  and were able to pull Hecklin and Moran from the water, but they did not survive the crash. The medical examiner determined that the pair died from multiple traumatic injuries.

The plane sank into the bay after the crash and has not been recovered.

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