Monday, May 23, 2016

Beech C23 Sundowner, N6697Y: Accident occurred May 23, 2016 off Makaha Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Date: 23-MAY-16
Time: 21:20:00Z
Regis#: N6697Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 23
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Honolulu FSDO-13
State: Hawaii


Beech C23 Sundowner experienced engine trouble while inbound to Honolulu International Airport and landed just off of Makaha Beach.

A single-engine Beechcraft Sundowner reportedly experienced engine trouble while inbound to Honolulu airport this morning and made an emergency water landing just off Makaha Beach.

The two people on board, a 56-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, both of Hawaii, sustained minor injuries.

Both were spotted wearing flotation-vests and clinging to a wing of the plane shortly before it sank into a surfing area known as Charlie’s Reef, said Shayne Enright, a spokeswoman for the city Emergency Services Department.

Two lifeguards spotted the aircraft’s tail jutting from the reef’s waters at about 11:20 a.m., and swam to the scene — about 50 yards from shore. Shortly thereafter, a “Good Samaritan” Jet Ski operator arrived at the scene and carried all four to Makaha Beach Park, Enright said.

Responding paramedics treated the man and woman for abrasions and transported them to a hospital in stable condition.

Ocean Safety personnel are now monitoring the crash area, checking for debris and have install equipment to address a potential oil spill.

There were no swimmers in the area at the time of the crash, Enright said.

At least a few fishermen were in the area, however.

Robby Oliveros, 18, and his cousin, Austin Inabata, 21, were fishing off the shore nearby when they were warned that an airplane was about to crash.

“All of a sudden, a fisherman right next to us said, ‘head’s up, there’s a plane coming,’ and we looked up,” Oliveros said. “Then the plane was coming toward us and it took a left and it headed toward Makaha Beach. It just started gliding down into the water. It just nearly missed shore.”

Oliveros posted a photo on Twitter showing only the tail of the aircraft sticking out of the water.

“It actually came in nice and slow and looked like nothing was wrong with the plane,” Oliveros said. “From what I witnessed, it just looked like it ran out of gas or something, or maybe an engine failure.”

The plane was “quiet” as it descended and “just made a big splash. The plane was just floating and then the guy got out and he was standing on his plane,” Oliveros said.

The plane sank in water that Oliveros estimated is 20 to 30 feet deep.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Enright said city officials were told that the couple on the plane are from Oahu and that the flight originated on Kauai

The crash was the second involving a small plane in Hawaii today. Earlier this morning, a skydiving tour plane crashed near Port Allen Airport on Kauai, killing the five people on board.

Original article can be found here:

Ocean Safety personnel brought two people to shore that were in an aircraft that went down in waters about 100 yards offshore of the Maili side of Makaha Beach.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The FAA reports that a single-engine Beechcraft Sundowner, tail number N6697Y, reportedly experienced engine trouble while inbound to Honolulu International Airport.

The pilot landed the plane on the water.

Boater Anthony Leon saw the plane in the water.

“When we looked over, you can see it. It was still sitting on top of the water,” he told KHON2. “Then all of a sudden, it started going down, so we pulled everyone back into the boat and then we went over there. An off-duty lifeguard was out on his Jet Ski and he pulled up right at the same time as we did. He was able to get a lot closer, so he went and grabbed the two people — they were on some sort of flotation device — and he pulled them both up on the ski.”

The two people on board sustained minor injuries, according to the FAA.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate.

Story and video:

MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

An aircraft crashed about 30 yards off Makaha Beach Park on Monday.

There were no reports of serious injuries. Two patients were transported to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

The crash is the second of an aircraft in the islands Monday. On Kauai, five people were killed when a Skydive Hawaii plane crashed near Port Allen Airport.

Twitter user Robby Oliveros said he was fishing on shore when he saw the plane go down.

He subsequently tweeted that he believed the passengers and pilot on board the plane were OK.

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