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Last updated: 18 June 2021
Datum:woensdag 11 december 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Makani Kai Air
Registratie: N687MA
Constructienummer: 208B1002
Bouwjaar: 2002
Aantal vlieguren:4881
Motoren: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 8
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 9
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:ca 800 m N off Kalaupapa Airport, HI (LUP) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: InitiŽle klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kalaupapa Airport, HI (LUP/PHLU), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), Verenigde Staten
The Makani Kai Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan impacted ocean waters shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport (PHLU), on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, one passenger was fatally injured, and five passengers received minor injuries.
The pilot stated that shortly after takeoff from runway 05, at an altitude of about 400 feet above ground level (agl), he began a left turn for a downwind departure. Shortly after passing 500 feet agl, he motioned toward the power lever to reduce power for the climb when he heard a loud "bang" followed by an immediate loss of engine power. The pilot continued the turn toward land, verified the fuel valves were on, and observed all engine gauges displaying "zero." The pilot realized the airplane was not going to make it to land, and rolled the wings level while broadcasting a mayday distress call. Shortly after, the airplane landed within open ocean water in a flat or slightly nose up attitude.
All the passengers and the pilot exited the airplane through the rear right door, and the airplane remained on the water surface for approximately 25 minutes before it sank. One passenger swam to shore, and United States Coast Guard and Maui Fire and Rescue helicopters recovered the pilot and 7 passengers from the water about 80 minutes after the ditching.
The passenger who died before the first responders arrived was found wearing a partially inflated infant life vest. Another
passenger reported that he also inadvertently used an infant life vest, which he said seemed "small or tight" but "worked fine." If the pilot had provided a safety briefing, as required by regulations, to the passengers that included the ditching procedures and location and usage of floatation equipment, the passengers might have been able to find and use the correct size flotation device.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of engine power due to the fracture of multiple blades on the compressor turbine wheel, which resulted in a ditching. The reason for the blade failures could not be determined due to secondary thermal damage to the blades."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Accident number: WPR14FA068
Download report: Summary report

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photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-N687MA
accident date: 11-12-2013
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N687MA
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-N687MA
accident date: 11-12-2013
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N687MA
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-N687MA
accident date: 11-12-2013
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N687MA

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kalaupapa Airport, HI en Honolulu International Airport, HI bedraagt 99 km (62 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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