Skydive pilot, jumpers safe after mayday call over Kauai

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Four skydivers are safe after jumping out of a plane that experienced a mechanical issue 4,000 feet above Hanapepe.

It happened at around 9:50 a.m. Monday.

Kauai County officials say a mayday call was reported by Skydive Kauai.

According to a preliminary report, the company was conducting a tour when the pilot reported the issue, and told the four passengers – a male instructor with a female tandem jumper on one parachute, and a female instructor with a male tandem jumper on a second parachute – to exit the aircraft.

The first pair landed safely at Eleele Elementary School and returned to Skydive Kauai’s office.

The second pair landed in a remote, grassy area near Hanapepe Valley. They were taken by a fire department helicopter back to Skydive Kauai.

The pilot declared an emergency landing, and safely landed the plane at Port Allen Airport without incident.

No one was hurt.

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