FAA investigating emergency airplane landing on Maui highway

Small aircraft makes emergency landing on Maui's Piilani Highway
Published: Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM HST
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Image source: Penny Palmer Photography
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Image source: Kevin Olson
Image source: Kevin Olson

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - UPDATE: 
A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday morning that they are investigating last night's emergency landing on Maui. The following is a statement from the FAA:

Mokulele flight 1770, a Cessna 208, lost engine power after departing from Maui and made an emergency landing on Kihei Highway. None of the 10 people on board was injured and there was no damage to the plane. There was no ground damage or injuries.

The FAA is investigating.

We wiill have more on the FAA's investigation tonight on Hawaii News Now.

A witness to the dramatic emergency landing of a Mokelele Airline passenger plane said he saw the plane disappear behind some trees before it came to a stop on a Maui highway.

No one was injured in the incident, which closed Piilani Highway for most of the night.

"This one was kind of a shock because I looked and out the corner all of the sudden, there was a plane super low, low low," said longtime Valley Isle resident Kevin Olson

"I saw it kind of skip on the highway."

Maui Airport manager Marvin Moniz said the plane left Kahului Airport shortly after 7 p.m. bound for Kamuela on the Big Island.

But engine problems prompted the pilot to turn around before landing the plane on the southbound lane of Piilani Highway in Kihei near Maui Meadows.

Some speeding signs were taken out but the plane didn't look damaged, said Olson, who credited the pilot for the safe landing.

"He did a great job of landing it for sure," he said.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene to investigate.

The airline could not be reached.

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