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NTSB: Plane bounced 3 times on runway

No injuries reported in crash at Kahului Airport on Feb. 13

This single engine Cessna suffered landing gear damage when it bounced two or three times while landing at Kahului Airport on Feb. 13. Photo courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

The Maui News

A single-engine Cessna flared too much in gusting crosswind conditions, bounced two or three times and ended up off the Kahului Airport runway nose down in a crash on Feb. 13, according to the pilot’s account in a National Transportation Safety Board factual report released recently.

The NTSB factual report came out in March; the probable cause report is expected around Sept. 1.

The plane sustained “substantial damage” to the engine mount and fuselage, the NTSB report said. The pilot, Norman Kaufman, of Lahaina and 63 years old at the time of the crash, was not injured. Two passengers aboard, a man and woman from California, were not injured as well.

The pilot reported no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the plane that would have affected normal operation, the report said.

The plane, built in 1968, was owned by NV Aviation LLC of Wailuku with Kaufman indicating that he was the registered owner.

The plane took off from Kahului Airport at 12:10 p.m. and flew to Molokai. After about an hour, the plane returned to Maui and was cleared to land on the main runway at Kahului Airport. Conditions were clear with winds blowing from the east northeast at 17 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

“Unremarkable approach, touch down . . . smoothly . . . and perhaps flared too much as nose lifted instead of dropping,” the pilot wrote in the NTSB report. “Then got two-three hard bounces, which damaged nose gear. We were able to maneuver aircraft off runway to infield grass area.”

The pilot said he and his two passengers walked out the plane through the doors. The crash occurred at 1:15 p.m.

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