UPDATE: Pilot Makes Emergency Landing on Waikoloa RoadJuly 3, 2019, 1:20 PM HST (Updated July 3, 2019, 6:40 PM)
UPDATE: July 3, 2019, 4 p.m.
Responding to a 10:36 a.m. call on Waikoloa Road near the 4 mile marker, South Kohala Patrol Officers determined that a single-engine Cessna 206 Stationair owned by William Aerial & Mapping made an emergency landing after losing power.
The Cessna struck a traffic sign, which redirected the plane off the roadway and down a 25-foot embankment on the west side of the roadway.
The pilot and co-pilot, who were the only occupants, were uninjured during the emergency landing.
The roadway will be closed for removal of the aircraft for approximately two hours beginning at 3 p.m.
Further questions can be directed to Eric Gomez of William Aerial & Mapping at (512) 902-7670.
ORIGINAL: July 3, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
The Hawai‘i Police Department reported that a small plane made an emergency landing at the 4-mile-marker on Waikoloa Road this morning, July 3, 2019, at about 10:30 a.m.
No injuries were reported at this time.
Waikoloa resident Gerald Besson said that he spoke with the pilot after the incident.
Pilot Kevin Farell and his co-pilot were flying from Honolulu when Farell noticed a problem with the engine and they were forced to conduct an emergency landing, he said.
“Farell was in good spirits and was glad nobody got injured,” said Besson. “He was able to land the plane dodging two oncoming cars.”
Both the pilot and co-pilot were uninjured.
The investigation is ongoing on and more information will be posted this afternoon.