Pilot’s uncle says plane in crash had engine troubles
WAIPAHU, Oahu — The uncle of a pilot who died in a plane crash with three others said the plane previously had engine troubles.
Rescue crews recovered the bodies of pilot Dean Hutton and his three passengers Saturday. The single-engine plane crashed in a mountainous area northwest of Honolulu.
Crews have not been able to retrieve the plane wreckage.
The passengers were 28- year- old Punahou School alumnus Gerrit Evensen, 27- year- old Heather Riley and Alexis Aaron, said spokeswoman Lyssa Chapman from the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” TV show. Chapman and Evensen’s sister, Lei, had reported the group missing on Saturday.
The last time Hutton flew the same rental plane, it lost all power and communications, Scott Potwin, Hutton’s uncle said. Hutton was an experienced pilot with over 170 hours of flying time, Potwin said.
The plane was owned by John P. Mueller, according the Federal Aviation Administration’s registration site. The name is similar to the owner in a separate plane that crashed earlier this month, Jahn P. Mueller. Both names are registered with the FAA under the same post office box, the Honolulu StarAdvertiser reported.
Mueller did not return calls seeking comment.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.