Aug. 5, Kaunakakai, Hawaii / Partenavia P68C Victor


At about 07:41 Hawaiian standard time, a Partenavia Victor was preparing to taxi for takeoff on a Part 135 flight from the Kaunakakai/Molokai Airport when a late arriving passenger walked into the operating left engines propeller. The passenger was seriously injured. The pilot reported that five passengers had chartered the airplane to transport them between the Kaunakakai and Kalaupapa airports. The accident passenger failed to show up at the boarding gate and the pilot prepared to depart. The fifth passenger arrived at the departure gate, saw that it was closed and found other access to the ramp. The passenger approached the airplane from behind and was not observed by the pilot until being struck by the left engines propeller.


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