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Kauai skydivers jump after pilot reports mechanical issue

November 15, 2018

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The pilot of a skydiving plane made an emergency landing on Kauai after telling the two pairs of tandem parachutists to jump out, authorities said.

The plane’s operator Skydive Kauai issued a mayday call Monday morning after the pilot reported mechanical issues at 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Hanapepe, the Kauai Fire Department said.

The pilot then told the two instructors and two jumpers to exit the aircraft.

One pair landed in a grassy area near Hanapepe Valley. A rescue helicopter located the pair and transported them to the Skydive Kauai office in Hanapepe, authorities said.

The other pair landed safely at Eleele Elementary School. They were driven back to the office.

No one was injured.

The pilot navigated the plane to Port Allen Airport and was able to land without incident.

Skydive Kauai owner Dave Timko told The Garden Island that the plane did not have mechanical issues, and operations returned to normal within 15 minutes of the aircraft’s landing.

“It’s a nonissue,” Timko said. “Everybody’s safe, there were no injuries, there were no mechanical issues with the plane.”

The jumpers simply missed their mark, Timko said. They usually land in a field near the Port Allen Airport.

“I’m glad she (the instructor) picked the field instead of dealing with houses and power lines in Hanapepe,” Timko said.

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