Bang heard before highway landing
The crew of a Mokulele Airlines flight reported hearing a loud bang, which was followed by a loss of engine power, before making an emergency landing last month on Piilani Highway in Wailea, according to preliminary information from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The eight passengers and two pilots aboard Flight 1770 were uninjured in the emergency landing at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in the northbound lanes of the highway. The flight had left Kahului Airport at about 6:30 p.m. and was bound for Waimea-Kohala Airport.
According to the NTSB information, filed Nov. 4, the Cessna Grand Caravan plane was at about 8,500 feet and about 9 miles south of Maui when the bang was heard and the plane lost power. The flight crew turned the airplane to head back toward Maui, and the pilots decided to perform the emergency landing on the highway about 13 miles south of Kahului Airport.
The plane sustained substantial damage during the landing, striking two traffic signs that damaged the wing, according to the NTSB report.
After being towed to a nearby empty lot near Kilohana Drive, the plane was transported to Kahului Airport on Oct. 27.
Woman arrestedfollowing assault
A woman was arrested Wednesday for assaulting another woman, who was cut on her arm during a scuffle at a Wailuku residence, police said.
Stacie Joaquin, 34, of Wailuku was charged with second-degree assault, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Her bail was set at $1,000.
Wailuku patrol officers were called to a residence on Waiale Road in Wailuku at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, finding a 37-year-old woman with a large deep laceration to her left forearm, Rego said.
The victim reported getting into a scuffle with Joaquin, who is the ex-girlfriend of the victim's boyfriend, Rego said. He said Joaquin had gone to the residence and ended up confronting the victim. The victim didn't realize she had been cut until she felt blood running down her arm, Rego said.
The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where stitches were required to treat her injury, Rego said.
Joaquin, who was detained at the scene, turned over a folding box cutter knife to police, Rego said.
Flooding closes part of beach park
High surf overnight flooded lower-lying areas of Baldwin Park in Paia, forcing a partial closure of park facilities Wednesday, the Department of Parks and Recreation said.
The gravel and pavilion parking lots and the park pavilion were closed to the public Wednesday.
Parks officials will re-evaluate today to see if those areas can be reopened.
A high-surf warning remains in effect for north- and east-facing shores of Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. today.
A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline and result in dangerous swimming conditions and rip currents.
A storm low north of Hawaii and a strong high-pressure system far to the northwest have generated a large north swell, the National Weather Service said. At its peak, surf was expected to reach 25 to 35 feet along north-facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along east-facing shores.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon for Maui County. Moderate to heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms are forecast. The area of heavy rain was expected to move westward over Maui County today, the National Weather Service said.