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August 19, 2012
The Associated Press

NTSB says choke lever contributed to Kauai crash

LIHUE - The National Transportation Safety Board says a 2011 hang glider crash on Kauai that killed two people was probably caused by the flight instructor not maintaining control at low altitude, contributed by an inadvertent application of the choke lever.

According to the NTSB probable cause report, the inadvertent application of the choke resulted in a momentary interruption of engine power. That led to the pilot losing control of the aircraft while maneuvering at low altitude. The NTSB couldn't determine whether the choke was activated by the flight instructor or the student.

Pilot Jim Gaither and passenger Kim Buergel of Spokane, Wash., were killed in the Feb. 15, 2011, crash. The wreckage of the powered glider was recovered six days later.

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Wahiawa doctor found guilty of lesser charge

HONOLULU - A Wahiawa, Oahu, doctor accused in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his son's mother was convicted of a lesser charge.

A jury on Tuesday found Dr. Dennis Ayon guilty of criminal solicitation to commit third-degree assault.

The petty misdemeanor carries a 30-day sentence, more than he has already served.

He remains in custody because of other pending criminal cases.

Prosecutors say the doctor asked a female patient to kill his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child.

He was originally charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder. A previous trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

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Honolulu homeless man convicted of manslaughter

HONOLULU - A Honolulu homeless man has been convicted of manslaughter in the 2010 death of another homeless man in a church parking lot.

A jury found 60-year-old David Oprin guilty Wednesday. He had been charged with murder in the death of Arthur Martinez in the parking lot of St. Pius Catholic Church in Manoa.

On the morning of the murder, Oprin walked into the Honolulu police headquarters and told officers that he had killed Martinez.

Martinez was beaten and died of head injuries.

Oprin faces a 20-year prison term when he's sentenced Oct. 31.

 
 

 

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