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2 unhurt after plane makes hard landing


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POSTED: Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A small plane used by a funeral home for scattering ashes made a hard landing yesterday at Honolulu Airport, but the pilot and passenger walked away unhurt.

John Weiser landed the twin-engine Piper Seneca on its left wheel and nose wheel after the right-side landing gear did not fully open, according to Claus Hansen, chief executive officer of Moanalua Mortuary, which owns the plane.

Weiser, 74, who has more than 40 years of experience as a pilot, and his passenger, a local man whose name was not available, were checked by airport medical personnel, said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Mori.

Hansen said the aircraft is normally used for aerial scattering of ashes, but Weiser, the co-owner, was using the plane for a private trip from Molokai yesterday.

The plane received some damage when the right wing touched the runway after the 10:28 a.m. landing, Hansen said.

It was taken to a hangar on a flatbed truck.

Mori said the mishap on Runway 4-R, which is used by general aviation companies, did not cause flight delays.