HONOLULU (AP) — Crews will try to salvage the plane that crashed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai after the submerged wreckage was spotted from a helicopter, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.
The agency previously said it seemed unlikely the single-engine plane could be pulled out of the water. But NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said the plane was spotted Friday from a helicopter, about 400 to 500 yards off the north shore of Molokai.
"It's important to look at the engine," Weiss said.
Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy was the sole fatality among the nine people aboard the Dec. 11 flight.
One passenger said the Cessna Grand Caravan lost power soon after takeoff, as the plane started to turn toward Honolulu. The pilot maneuvered a water landing on the plane's belly, C. Phillip Hollstein Jr. said.
Fuddy didn't seem injured or distressed after everyone got out of the plane and were bobbing in life jackets in the water, said Hollstein, who swam to shore.