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FAA: Pilot who made hard landing on Molokai dealt with busted engine, rough winds

MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The pilot who made a hard landing in a remote area on Molokai on Jan. 16 battled rough winds and a busted engine, according to a preliminary report by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA's report said pilot Michael Richard's Cessna Skyhawk departed Honolulu International Airport on an introductory flight lesson for a student pilot, a Japanese citizen. They were performing basic flight maneuvers above Molokai, then followed the coastline toward the eastern end of the island. Just as they reached the top of Halawa Valley at an altitude of about 3,300 feet, they lost power. Then a strong downdraft pushed the plane down, forcing him to land in some trees.

Richard, the student pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The second passenger suffered serious injuries.

This was not Richard's first hard landing. He and a student were forced to make a hard landing near the Waipio Costco in June when his engine gave out as well as one on Lanai in 2007.

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