Saturday, July 1, 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.


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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."

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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.

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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. 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

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.






A day after a single-engine plane crashed in a canal under Moanalua Freeway, we’re hearing from the plane’s owner.

The aircraft went down Friday afternoon under the bridge that runs over Moanalua Stream and burst into flames.

Three men in their 20s survived, thanks to Good Samaritans who rushed to their aid. They were hospitalized in serious condition and were still recovering in the hospital as of Saturday evening.

The wreckage has since been taken to a tow yard in Kapolei, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be heading the investigation into what happened.

The owner of the Piper PA-28 issued a statement commending the pilot for steering the plane to minimize tragedy.

In a statement, the plane’s owner, Jahn Mueller, owner of Aircraft Maintenance and Flight School Hawaii, said:

“My heart goes out to the pilot and passengers and their families. We commend the pilot for steering the plane to minimize tragedy. We thank the bystanders who helped assist the victims. The plane has a spotless safety record and a new engine, and had been flown just one hour before that particular flight.”
Mueller says he rented the plane to one person, who had two passengers.

George Hanzawa owns George’s Aviation Services, which was not involved in this incident, says the pilot did the best he could.

“(The area) is all warehouses and businesses. They needed some room to land and they didn’t have much choice,” Hanzawa said. “The choice that they did make was the correct one, because nobody got hurt on the ground. No property was damaged.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the NTSB would be taking the lead on this investigation. A NTSB spokesperson said the FAA was on scene to gather information, and it’s not yet clear if it will send its own investigator.

Officials will find out what happened, why it happened, and make recommendations so an incident like this doesn’t happen again. A preliminary report should be out within seven to 10 business days.

“At some point, you are kind of at the mercy of the airplane itself, and nature and the law of physics and gravity,” Hanzawa said. “The plane is going to come down. The pilot ultimately will take the aircraft to that level of control, because if it goes beyond that, it is uncontrollable.”

The state Department of Transportation confirms the crash did not cause any structural damage to the bridge or freeway.

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MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A single-engine plane crashed into a stream just shy of Moanalua Gardens on Friday, leaving its three occupants seriously injured and skidding to a halt under a Moanalua Freeway bridge.

First responders and bystanders said the crash happened in a busy area, and could have been much worse.

The plane missed the freeway overpass by less than 2 feet.

"In my 31 years in this business, it's extremely rare to have a plane crash in urban Honolulu," said Colin Wong, of the city's Emergency Medical Services. "It's fortunate today to come out with serious injuries, but nothing critical."

Paramedics said the three occupants in the plane were all in their 20s. They were taken to the Queen's Medical Center.

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. Some 35 firefighters responded to the scene and put out the fire, then worked to contain airplane fuel from entering nearby waters.

Witnesses said the plane dropped quickly, and may have been experiencing engine trouble.

"It was struggling to get altitude," said Russell Shimooka, who was driving on the H-1 Freeway and saw the plane going down. "All of a sudden the plane dipped, took a hard right turn and then started heading straight toward the ground."

He added, "It was just horrifying to see this thing just drop out of the air. It was like a leaf falling to the ground."

Harley Bone was at a nearby gas station when the plane crashed. He ran to help and was the first good Samaritan to respond.

Bone said all of the occupants of the plane were responsive as he helped them get out of the plane, but they appeared to be in shock.

"It was gnarly," he said, of the plane. "It was pretty mangled."

He added, "It was on fire and that was the first thing I told them, 'Your plane is on fire and we have to get you out, like now.' And I kept repeating that."

Bystanders said the pilot of the plane was able to avoid traffic on the Moanalua Freeway and a busy commercial area, landing the plane instead on the Moanalua Stream bed.

A couple of feet higher, and the plane would have slammed into the freeway.

"If it had got a little lower, he would have clipped one of those buildings. What are the chances?" Bone said.

Witness J.P. Damon was headed westbound on the freeway when he saw smoke, and called 911.

He said he thought at first that there was a debris fire under the bridge because the flames were so large. Then he saw the airplane's tail.

"I literally thought it was a couch on fire," he said. 

Damon said the pilot was likely trying to get to Moanalua Gardens, but was about 200 yards short. 

"It started popping. Made a couple of blasts and I was still on the phone with the fire department when it was doing that. I told them there was something igniting in it," he said.

Ezra Simbahon was coming off the freeway when he saw the plane losing altitude fast.

"I seen the plane coming down I was like what the hell is going on? Where's that plane going? And the thing just went down," he said. "I was like holy ... I thought it was going to hit the freeway and when I got closer, I seen everyone running."

Simbahon said he was worried the plane might explode and heard popping sounds erupting from the wreckage.

"I was telling everybody stand back, might blow up or something," he said. "I seen one guy crawling. But I don't know if he was actually from the plane wreckage. But he was crawling on the ground, rolling."

The FAA and NTSB have responded, and authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

Records show the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E, with tail no. N4244T, was manufactured in 1971 and re-certified last year.

The registered owner of the plane, Jahn P. Mueller, has a Honolulu address. National Transportation Safety Board records show no prior incidents involving the aircraft. 

Mueller owns Aircraft Maintenance Hawaii, which advertises itself as a family-owned aircraft company specializing in small aircraft engines. Mueller worked in aircraft maintenance at Hawaiian Airlines before starting the company. 

His website says the company also provides expert flight instructors able to train pilots all the way to commercial pilot status.








A Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee E airplane crashed underneath a Moanalua Freeway bridge in Mapunapuna early this afternoon, seriously injuring the three men on board.


Shayne Enright, spokeswoman for the city Emergency Medical Services, said the three men, in their 20s, were all taken to a trauma center in serious condition but suffered no major injuries.


Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane “crashed under unknown circumstances.”


All lanes of the Moanalua Freeway, above the crash site, remained open.


The plane was manufactured in 1971 and registered to Jahn P. Mueller of Honolulu, according to FAA records.


Monique Bardo, director of operations for Ballard Mortuaries, was outside when she saw the plane flying above the canal then suddenly crash and explode underneath a bridge that crosses the water.


“The pilot got everybody out,” Bardo said. “It was right in the canal when it crashed. It was really loud. There was lots of black smoke that went all over the (Moanalua) freeway.


The mortuary, which is separated by a chain link fence from the crash site, was full of employees and mourners, she said.


“My gosh, it was so spooky,” Bardo said.


Honolulu firefighters received a report of a downed plane around 1:25 p.m., said Fire Capt. David Jenkins.


Kenitzer said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.


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HONOLULU - A small plane crashed near Moanalua Freeway in Mapunapuna Friday afternoon.  Three men in their 20s were hospitalized in serious condition.


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


PA28s are part of family of light aircraft designed for personal use, flight training and used as air taxis. 


The city says all lanes of Moanalua Freeway remain open. Police and fire crews responded to the scene.


Hawaii Department of Transportation says they inspected the bridge over the canal where the plane crashed and found no structural damage.


Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:


"A Piper PA28 crashed under unknown circumstances on Highway H1. Local authorities say that 3 people were onboard.  Please check with local authorities for more information the occupants.  The FAA and the NTSB will investigate."


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