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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.
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.
What type of aircraft geared up?
What caused the PT-6 to fail?
Need more info....
It must have looked something like this
That photo about sums it up. CVR will be pretty interesting.
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.
We have a Homer crash truck standing by for every ERA landing. It is part of their contract.
Era Aviation is not known for their rigid adherence to maintenance standards-or at least they shouldn't be.
Supposedly three of the local near-do-wells ran to the hospital soon there-after the try to claim some sort of BS injuries.
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.
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.
The props do look surprisingly straight. But it seems strange that they wouldn't have briefed the passengers prior to the landing.
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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