April 23, 2015 –Mokulele Airlines performed a textbook landing yesterday on a Maui to Waimea flight that experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff from Kahului. The pilots reported the issue to the tower, and requested permission for a priority landing which they received. The 2 pilots followed established procedures for which they are trained and landed the aircraft safely. There was never any danger to the passengers or the crew.
“We are a family-owned and operated airline,” said Ron Hansen, President & CEO of Mokulele Airlines, “and my wife, son, daughter, grandkids, and great grandkids fly routinely between the islands on our Cessna Grand Caravans. The Caravan has one of the best safety records in the industry – and on top of that we’re the only Caravan operator in the U.S. that operates with a Captain and a First Officer on all of our flights. I have complete confidence in our pilots and our planes.”
According to Mokulele’s Director of Operations, Darryl Grace, the passengers disembarked and were put on the next flight to Kona. “The passengers were at no time in any danger.” The engine malfunction was quickly identified and repaired by Mokulele’s highly experienced maintenance department.
On another note, Mokulele welcomed the arrival of its 11th new Grand Caravan EX which arrived in Kona earlier today after a long flight from the mainland. Mokulele now operates 15 Grand Caravans and employs 93 pilots.
Mokulele Airlines began operations in 1994 from its base in Kona and has 150 daily flights between O‘ahu, Maui, Mokoka‘i, and Hawai‘i. To book your flight visit https://www.mokuleleairlines.com/