Plane will stay a while
(First Photo) Maui police Sgt. Reid Pursley asks Wailea residents Monty and Marilyn Robertson to step outside the cones surrounding a Mokulele Airlines plane parked along Kilohana Drive on Wednesday morning. The pilots of the plane made an emergency landing on nearby Piilani Highway on Monday night after experiencing engine trouble on a flight from Kahului Airport to Kamuela, on the Big Island, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. The eight passengers and two pilots were uninjured. Company officials have not responded to emails and phone calls seeking comment and an update on the removal of the plane. Marvin Moniz, Maui District
Airport manager, said that Mokulele company officials were waiting for airline experts from the Mainland to arrive on the island to help determine how the plane can be moved. He said that the removal process might run into the weekend or even early next week. There were no further updates on the incident from the FAA on Wednesday.
(Second Photo) A street sign toppled by one of the Cessna Caravan’s wings during Monday’s landing remains along Piilani Highway on Wednesday morning. In the background are some of the obstacles the pilots had to overcome, including tall power poles, rock banks on both sides of the road, traffic and several groups of utility wires spanning across the roadway.