Pi­lot’s un­cle says plane in crash had en­gine trou­bles

West Hawaii Today - - Opinion - By wire sources

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.

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