Four people lost their lives in a small plane crash that happened in a remote mountainside near Kunia, northwest of Honolulu.
The single engine aircraft had been missing since the night of Friday and it was located at around 3:25 PM by the authorities on Saturday above the Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands.
The victims of the small plane crash have been identified by friends and family members to be pilot Dean Hutton, Alexis Aaron, 27 year old Heather Riley and 28 year old Gerrit Evensen.
In a statement from an uncle of the pilot the small plane might be having some maintenance issues. He added that Hutton was aware of these issues, but still he decided to fly the small plane. He did not detailed on what these issues might be.
The small plane takeoff from Honolulu’s airport, but it moved away from the filed flight plan. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) disclosed that the last communication the small plane had with the air traffic controller was at around 6:30 PM.
Officials still do not know why the report about the missing plane was made hour later – on Saturday morning.
As per a report the single engine small plane is registered to Jahn Mueller, and he has confirmed about it, did not said anything about the crash.
This is the second accident in almost a month. A small crash on June 30 into a stream near Moanalua Garden was also registered to Jahn Mueller. Three people were seriously injured in that crash.
In a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the June 30th accident, the small plane had lost engine power soon after takeoff.
On the other hand, Mueller says that the airplane had a spotless safety record and carried a new engine. The unfortunate plane was flown just for one hour before that particular flight.
In the July 29th plane crash, 3 bodies were recovered from inside the aircraft, while the fourth one was found outside.