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    Mokolele had a Caravan lose a motor at night over La Peruse a couple of nights ago . Landed dead stick in the dark on the Pukilani Hwy nera Wailea. The plane's still sitting near an intersection. All those power lines, all they got was a small wing dent from a street sign. Everyone walked away. Very cool.

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    Heard from two pax on the plane. One said he never felt any gear touchdown- just straight to the fuselage, the other said he felt the gear touch down, then subsequent collapse. Neither are pilots.
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    What type of aircraft geared up?

    What caused the PT-6 to fail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    What type of aircraft geared up?

    What caused the PT-6 to fail?

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    Beech 1900 on the PAHO flight, not sure on anything else.
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    It must have looked something like this
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    That photo about sums it up. CVR will be pretty interesting.
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    Look at the props.. they appear to be fully feathered and not really damaged. That would indicate there was a known problem with the gear and they were shut down prior to landing... but if there was a known gear issue, one would think they would divert to ANC to have the crash trucks ready and lined up waiting on them.

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    We have a Homer crash truck standing by for every ERA landing. It is part of their contract.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avidflyer View Post
    Look at the props.. they appear to be fully feathered and not really damaged. That would indicate there was a known problem with the gear and they were shut down prior to landing... but if there was a known gear issue, one would think they would divert to ANC to have the crash trucks ready and lined up waiting on them.
    They feather when shut down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK-HUNT View Post
    They feather when shut down.

    They don't typically feather when shut down by mother earth. Could just be the angle of the pics I have seen, but it does not look like the blades are not all tweaked.

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    Era Aviation is not known for their rigid adherence to maintenance standards-or at least they shouldn't be.

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    Supposedly three of the local near-do-wells ran to the hospital soon there-after the try to claim some sort of BS injuries.
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    The props are spring loaded to the feather position. When oil pressure is released for any reason the blades will eventually feather so the props being feathered really doesn't tell us anything regarding this accident.
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    If the props were hitting asphalt while under power it would make a difference in how well the blade tips make it through the ordeal. They don't look too bad.

    Local word, from airport rumor control, is that they had one gear not locking down so they intentionally did a gear up.
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    The props do look surprisingly straight. But it seems strange that they wouldn't have briefed the passengers prior to the landing.
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    Seems like they would return to home base (ANC), talk to maint., and fly all the excess fuel off before landing gear-up... More than likely they forgot to put the gear down. Just speculating...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    Seems like they would return to home base (ANC), talk to maint., and fly all the excess fuel off before landing gear-up... More than likely they forgot to put the gear down. Just speculating...
    It's pretty hard to forget to put the gear down in a 1900. With flaps full, you can't silence the horn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Hamon View Post
    The props do look surprisingly straight...
    If you zoom in on the props, it appears that the tips are folded/broken, but not as they would be if under power. Looks more like they were shut down and feathered, but still spinning.
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