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Max 8 grounded again in Puunene model airfield

LENIE LAWRENCE photo

Makawao resident Joseph Carvalho displays his Boeing 737 Max 8 model airplane at the Maui RC Modelers field in Puunene on March 21. He was about to launch the 7-foot model for its first flight Saturday morning when club President Stephen Groff got a phone call from a county official to shut down activities at the field, which is part of the county Maui Motor Sports Park off Maui Veterans Highway. Also closed at the park because of coronavirus concerns were activities by Paradise Speedway Maui, Maui Motocross, Maui Raceway Park, Sports Car Club of America and Maui Go-Karts. Carvalho spent about two months assembling his electric-powered airplane with retractable landing gear, designing the graphics himself for the model replicating the planes that were grounded last year after deadly crashes. He will delay the inaugural flight until the park reopens.

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