Sunday, July 30, 2017

Registered to a private individual and operated by Aircraft Maintenance Hawaii: Beech 19A Musketeer Sport, N6142N, fatal accident occurred July 28, 2017 in Waipi'o, Hawaii -and- Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E, N4244T, accident occurred June 30, 2017 in Moanalua, Honolulu, Hawaii

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

John P. Mueller: http://registry.faa.gov/N6142N

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA170 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2017 in Waipi'o, HI
Aircraft: BEECH 19A, registration: N6142N
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 28, 2017, about 1852 Hawaii standard time (HST), a Beech BE-19A, N6142N, collided with terrain near Waipi'o, Hawaii. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Aircraft Maintenance Hawaii as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The private pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii, about 1837 HST.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert notice (ALNOT) at 1322 HST, July 29, when family members reported that the flight was overdue. The US Coast Guard located the wreckage later that day on steep, mountainous terrain at the last identified latitude and longitude .

A review of recorded air traffic control communications indicated that the airplane departed HNL runway 04R. Recorded radar data displayed the airplane's secondary beacon code as it departed and made a left turn to the northwest. After flying about 9 minutes along that course, the target made a left turn, and was at a mode C reported altitude of 1,800 feet mean sea level (msl). It made descending and climbing turns during the next 6 minutes. During the last minute, it climbed and was at a maximum mode C altitude of 2,000 feet when the target disappeared.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Dean Hutton was the pilot of the aircraft that crashed in Kunia.

Alexis Aaron

 Heather Riley and Gerrit Evensen 


The plane that went down is the second plane from Aircraft Maintenance and Flight School Hawaii to crash on Oahu in the last month.  Sunday, the owner of those two planes, Jahn Mueller, released a statement about the crash. 

"I am deeply saddened by this tragic event. My prayers go out to all affected. I don't want to speculate on the cause of this accident as that will be determined by professionals in due time. I knew Dean and he loved flying and had many hours in that airplane. He had an alternator issue several flights ago, and he handled it like a professional, and the aircraft was repaired and returned to service."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Controllers last heard from the Beech 19A Musketeer Sport, just after 6:30 Friday night around Kaena Point.  The next day, the U.S. Coast Guard received a call asking if they heard anything about any of their flights.  At the time, they didn't. 
  
"This is secondhand. Air Traffic Control called here about 10 in the morning it sounds like." said U.S. Coast Guard's Lieutenant Commander Ron Green.

Several hours later, the Coast Guard says District Headquarters alerted them about the missing plane.

"The aircraft that located the wreckage launched out of here about 2:15, 2:30 in the afternoon." said Green.

Emergency Locator Transmitters in the plane led them to the East side where they found the wreckage. 

"Based upon where it had gone down, the aircrew had to use visual sighting to actually confirm the location of the aircraft that was down, because the trees on the ridge line were so thick."  explained Green.

Green said there may have been some communication difficulties in getting search assets out looking for the downed aircraft.  He warns, it's a reminder to always have a plan.
    
"File a flight plan. If you're on a boat file a float plan. Those things exist. Let somebody know where you're going and when you're going to be back, and if you don't come back, let them know who they should call. Call the coast guard, call HFD, call HPD".

The National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation. 

"So far we have not sent anyone to the scene. Once the recovery has been completed, then more than likely we will send an investigator to the scene to begin examining the aircraft." said Keith Holloway, Media Relations for NTSB. 

NTSB says it's up to local authorities or the owner to remove the airplane. 

A family of one of the victims told Island News they plan to work with the aircraft centers to try and avoid situations like this in the future.  They suggest creating a law requiring all pilots to log their flight path.


Story and video ► http://www.kitv.com

HONOLULU, Hawaii (KTRK) -- The bodies of four people, two men and two women, were recovered from the scene of a plane crash Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Lyssa Chapman, from "Dog the Bounty Hunter," said in a press release that the plane was piloted by Dean Hutton with passengers Gerrit Evenson, Heather Riley, and Alexis Aaron. Evenson is a friend of Chapman.

KHON reports that the group was on a round robin pleasure flight, and their car was found on Lagoon Drive.

Alexis Aaron was from Katy, Texas and attended Mayde Creek High School and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi before moving to Hawaii.

The small, private plane, with tail number N6142N, was reported missing Friday night with four passengers on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a Beech 19 aircraft using visual flight rules (VFR) from Honolulu last communicated with air traffic control at 6:37 p.m. Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard located the wreckage at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a mountainous area above the Kunia farm lots.

There's no word on how long it might have been there or what condition it's currently in.

Crews set up a staging area at Hawaii Country Club in Wahiawa. A helicopter retrieved the bodies and brought them back to the area. The wreckage itself has yet to be recovered.

"In this case it's a very remote area, our rescue personnel had to repel off of our Air 1 helicopter to be inserted into the mountainside," said Craig Uchimura, Honolulu Fire Department battalion chief. "It's pretty treacherous up there. We'd be unable to get up there by vehicle, much less by foot. The rescue personnel did not report having any fuel or signs of fire at this time."

HFD said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation.

Chapman and Evenson's sister Lei Evenson asks anyone who may have noticed anything off the waters of West Oahu last night to contact the police or Coast Guard.

"I'm understanding that this aircraft went out yesterday, but we didn't find out about it until today because no one knew they were missing, and the owner of the aircraft said they never checked in yesterday. So we found out about it today. So it's been 24 hours, I'm just guessing now. It's been a while, they've been out there a while," said Lt. Commander Ron Green, U.S. Coast Guard. "File a flight plan. File a float plan. Let somebody know where you're going, so that if you do go missing, we don't have to wait for the alarm."

Story and video ►  http://abc13.com



WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — A woman who graduated from a Katy-area high school is among four who died after a plane crashed in a mountainous area northwest of Honolulu.

Alexis Aaron was on board the plane with Gerrit Evensen, 28, Heather Riley, 27 and the pilot Dean Hutton. Rescue crews recovered the bodies of all on board. 

Hutton's uncle, Scott Potwin, said the single-engine plane had previous engine troubles. The last time Hutton flew the same rental plane it lost all power and communications. 

Aaron graduated from Mayde Creek High School in Katy and studied marine biology at Texas A&M and California State University. She was also a dancer and a fitness instructor, according to her Facebook page. 

According the Federal Aviation Administration's registration site, the plane was owned by John P. Mueller. He did not return calls seeking comments.

Story and photo gallery ► http://www.chron.com

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four bodies were recovered Saturday from the wreckage of a single-engine plane crash on a remote mountainside above Kunia. 

The Beech 19A Musketeer Sport aircraft, with tail number N6142N, went missing on Friday evening, though the search didn't begin until 10 a.m. Saturday. The craft was found about 3:20 p.m. in an area inaccessible by vehicles. 

Friends and family identified the four in the plane as Gerrit Evensen, his girlfriend Heather Riley, Alexis Aaron, and pilot Dean Hutton.

Authorities said the wreckage was found above the Kunia Loa ridge farmlands. 

Just before 5:45 p.m. Saturday, the Honolulu Fire Department's Air One helicopter recovered the body of the first victim. All four bodies have since been transferred off the site.

Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Uchimura said three of the victims were found inside the downed plane, while one was found outside. 

"The wreckage was in an area that was very remote and inaccessible by vehicle," Uchimura said. "Our rescue personnel had to repel off our Air One helicopter to be inserted on the mountainside. It's pretty treacherous up there."





At a staging area at Hawaii Country Club on Saturday, family and friends of the victims were overcome with grief. 

Lealyn Toponi, who was friends with three of the victims, said she was supposed to be on the downed plane.

"Alexis asked my boyfriend and I to go on the plane with them on Friday and we weren't able to make it. And so Heather and Gerrit were asked to take our place," she said. "They were just very open and loving people that were just leaders. They were the kind of people that inspired you to try anything."

Evensen, 28, was a graduate of Punahou School. Riley was 27.

Riley's mother said she had been informed of her daughter's death, but declined comment.

The FAA said the aircraft last communicated with air traffic controllers around 6:37 p.m. Friday. At that point, the plane was reportedly near Kaena Point.



The plane took off from Honolulu's airport on Friday, and it wasn't clear why the plane wasn't reported missing until Saturday morning.

Officials also said the aircraft diverted from its original flight path.

The plane is registered to John Mueller, who confirmed to Hawaii News Now on Saturday that he owns the aircraft.

In a bizarre twist, Mueller also owned the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E plane that crashed June 30 into a stream just shy of Moanalua Gardens. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured in that crash.

A preliminary NTSB report said the plane had lost engine power shortly after takeoff. 

Mueller declined to comment on Saturday's crash, and officials did not speculate what may have gone wrong.

An uncle of the pilot in Saturday's crash said the plane might have had maintenance issues. The uncle said Hutton knew about the issues, but decided to fly it anyway. He didn't say what the issues were, however. 

A spokeswoman said the four killed in the crash were friends of Lyssa Chapman, of TV's "Dog the Bounty Hunter" fame, and that their car was recovered Friday night on Lagoon Drive. 

"The families are also asking for your prayers," spokeswoman Mona Wood-Sword said, in a statement.

Story, photo gallery and video ► http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E, N4244T, Aircraft Maintenance Hawaii
Accident occurred June 30, 2017 in Moanalua, Honolulu, Hawaii 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

John P. Mueller: http://registry.faa.gov/N4244T

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA138
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 2017 in Honolulu, HI
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N4244T
Injuries: 3 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 30, 2017, about 1330 Hawaii standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N4244T, sustained substantial damage following a loss of engine power and subsequent hard landing near Honolulu, Hawaii. The private pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The local personal flight departed Honolulu International Airport at 1320. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from runway 04L, the engine lost power about 300 feet agl. He made an emergency landing at the nearest clear area, which was a river bed. The airplane impacted the ground and came to rest under a highway bridge and caught fire.







The plane is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E and was built in 1971, owned by John P. Mueller of Aircraft Maintenance Hawaii, an aviation company located at the end of Lagoon Drive that services aircraft maintenance, engine overhauls and flight instruction.

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