A Mokulele Airlines flight intended to fly from Maui to the Big Island Wednesday was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after engine failure.
The pilot was able to control the otherwise disabled aircraft and the plane glided back to the Kahului airport after the propeller on the single-engine plane stopped turning. The plane landed without incident at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
A passenger on the flight who uses Mokulele to make the trip regularly, said he could hear the engine malfunctioning. Emergency personnel were on the ground when they landed, but no one was hurt.
A similar incident happened in October, 2013, when a Mokulele flight from Kahului to the Big Island lost power. In that incident, the pilots miraculously landed the aircraft on the Pi’ilani Highway adjacent to Maui Meadows. All 10 on board were unhurt.