NTSB: Plane that crashed near Moanalua Freeway lost engine power
MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The single-engine plane that crashed into a stream bed just shy of Moanalua Gardens on June 30 lost engine power shortly after takeoff and when the aircraft was at just 300 feet above the ground, a NTSB preliminary report released Tuesday said.
The pilot and its two occupants were seriously injured in the crash. They've since been released from the hospital.
The crash happened about 1:30 p.m., and wreckage of the single-engine, fixed wing Piper PA-28 was quickly engulfed in flames after the crash.
Witnesses said the plane missed the Moanalua Freeway overpass by less than 2 feet.
Records show the aircraft was manufactured in 1971 and re-certified last year.
NTSB records show no prior incidents involving the aircraft.
The NTSB is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
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