Air Tindi (Yellowknife) flight from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson yesterday (November 20) was forced to turn back after departure. However the airliner was forced to make a safe landing on the ice of frozen Great Slave Lake due to poor weather at the airport. The six people on board were later airlifted to the airport. The Cessna is still on the lake.
The aircraft took off from Yellowknife with reported freezing drizzle.
Makani Kai Air (Makani Kai Helicopters) (Honolulu) Cessna 208B Gran Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) (above) carrying eight passengers and a pilot crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the north shore of Molokai, Hawaii yesterday afternoon. State Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy died in the ditching. The single engine Caravan had departed from Kalaupapa bound for the Honolulu base.
According to the charter airline the company has been “providing air charter, air tours, aircraft management and aircraft maintenance since 1988”.
The airline specializes in aerial tours of Molokai from other points in Hawaii. Here is the information on this “Kalaupapa Experience” tour from the airline’s website:
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Dramatic video of the Caravan ditching:
Video of a typical Molokai aerial tour:
Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. The ill-fated Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) taxies at Honolulu on October 25, 2013 (all others by Makani Kai Air).