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Makani Kai Air CEO says pilot indicated catastrophic engine failure in Molokai crash

Published: Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM HST
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Aerial view of crash site
Aerial view of crash site

MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Makani Kai Air CEO Richard Schuman told Hawaii News Now this morning that the pilot -- who flew the Cessna Caravan that crashed about a mile off of Kalaupapa, Molokai yesterday afternoon -- indicated catastrophic engine failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board said that the aircraft appears to be unrecoverable at this time, but they will proceed with an investigation.

Prior to this incident, Makani Kai Air had no accidents in its more than 20-year history.  The company flew its regular schedule Thursday, saying no other airline serves Kalaupapa and the community needs the service Makani Kai provides.

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