Salvage ship arrives in Honolulu with wreckage of Molokai plane crashUPDATED 7:57 PM HST Dec 19, 2013Video Transcript
splash-landed in the ocean off Molokai might've stayed in one piece after impact, but it came to the surface today in pieces,,, Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies. And I'm Paula Akana. The battered parts of the plane are now in the hands of investigators. KITV4's Lara Yamada shows what they found and what happens next... ... it's tonight's top story. This is how salvage crews pulled up the wreckage off Mokokai's Kalaupapa coast -- in pieces. Fortunately the golden prize -- the engine -- still intact. JIM 2818-28 The salvage ship was very successful in finding the aircraft and we did find the engine and propeller and the gearbox were still attached the engine. That salvage ship now docked in Honolulu Harbor... The National Transportation Safety Board says the engine will be shipped to a factory in Montreal. JIM 2919-27 We will take the engine apart will be able to ascertain what the cause of failure is. They expect a preliminary report in the next few weeks. CLYDE 2442-50 I know is there was a bang and I had an annunciator panel that was nothing but red and yellow lights and a fire warning was going off ... That's pilot Clyde Kawasaki's description of the engine failure that forced him to land in the ocean 500 yards off shore last Wednesday. Everyone made it out alive, but Health Director Loretta Fuddy later died. RICH 3353-00 I was very hopeful when engineering got eyes on it and spotted it. It was all intact and sitting at the bottom. This is what the Cessna Caravan looked like after the crash -- INTACT. A helicopter crew comissioned by Makani Kai spotted the plane not long after. But rough conditions forced salvage crews to wait. During that time, Hawaii company Sea Engineering says those conditons and a rocky bottom chopped up the plane -- which was balancing on a shallower point 65 feet down. 3440-51 Divers were able to cover a lot more area quicker, and then, the mission was to go find personal effects. Including tools and a tool belt -- special to one passenger. Makani Kai president Rich Schuman says he's also paid to replace cell phones, laptops ... even a wedding ring. RICH 3533-45 It's important to me because it's the right thing to do. A lot of people have sentimental aspects of things that we have to try our best to get back to them, regardless of the cost of them. Lara Yamada KITV4 News.