|By Sarah Zoellick, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
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Makani Kai owner
"The first, most important thing is to focus on the passengers that are still here, the passengers' well-being -- that's my main concern right now," Schuman said. "And the second concern is to get the aircraft up out of the water and its engine removed and sent back to the manufacturer for inspection."
In light of the pilot telling Schuman that the aircraft had "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff, Weiss said the NTSB is also eager to pluck it from the ocean floor.
"Obviously, we want to recover the airplane," he said. "We're interested in looking at the engine."
The NTSB had assumed the 42-foot single-engine plane was a loss after the Wednesday crash partly because of
"The geography of
A 200-foot recovery vessel is scheduled to leave
Weiss said Makani Kai's insurance company is reportedly paying for the recovery effort, but Schuman said those details have yet to be fully worked out.
"It's a very costly recovery, and I am not looking at this as what it costs," Schuman said. "It needs to be done, so we're going to get it done."
Weiss cautioned that the wreckage has not yet been positively identified as the aircraft involved in the crash. It's also not guaranteed to still be there when recovery efforts commence.
"There's still a lot of steps to go," he said. "So there's still many questions that remain."
The NTSB routinely investigates crashes without being able to examine the aircraft involved, Weiss said last week, and the investigator dispatched to
The NTSB also has experience in retrieving bits of airplanes from great depths of the
The cargo door was recovered in two pieces from the ocean floor at a depth of 14,200 feet on
The door's recovery allowed the NTSB to come up with a probable cause of the accident being attributed to a faulty switch or wiring that suddenly opened the cargo door, causing an explosive decompression.
In the Makani Kai case,