Terrified passengers called loved ones to say goodbye as their powerless airplane coasted toward an emergency landing on a highway in Hawaii, a man on board said afterward. The passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to Hawaii News Now about the frightening flight, which ended with no injuries to the eight passengers and two pilots on board the small island-hopper commercial plane. The trouble began about 13 minutes into the flight Monday night from Maui to Hawaii’s Big Island, the passenger said; there was a loud bang and then a loss of power. The pilots turned the crippled single-engine Cessna, operated by Mokulele Airlines, around and headed back toward Maui. As the plane coasted in the dark, they braced for the worst, the passenger said. “I think we’re gonna crash!” and “I love you” were some of the phrases he heard. All aboard were shaken but safe. National Transportation Safety Board investigators inspected the plane, which was moved to an empty lot near Wailea, as they try to determine why its engine failed.
Two people were rescued, when their sailboat became stranded on a lateral dam in the Mississippi River. Rescue crews began searching for the sailboat after being called to the area near the Captain’s Table restaurant, 4801 River Drive in Moline. Fog and snowfall reduced visibility on the water so severely that rescuers had the stranded boaters fire a flare to help crews locate them. The limited visibility is also blamed for the sailboat becoming stuck on the lateral dam. “The snow just kept coming down, and then we lost all visibility. We couldn’t see anything. It was just completely white. We had no idea where the channel was,” said one of the men rescued from the stranded boat. The two people aboard the sailboat were reportedly cold but not injured. They said they are from Topeka, Kan., and were working to sail south to the Gulf of Mexico.
A teacher at an Indiana high school was fired and is accused of taking students to a strip club and allowing them to drink at his home. Travis Lechien, 31, is a chemistry teacher at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake. According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Lake County prosecutors, some students at the school have visited Lechien at his home and “on four or five separate occasions, Mr. Lechien allowed” the students to drink beer and smoke from a hookah belonging to Lechien. The affidavit also states that Lechien took students to a strip club to celebrate one of the student’s 18th birthdays. Lechien has been a teacher at the school for nine years. He is facing three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is due in court next month.
The 24th piece in Banksy’s monthlong street art residency in New York City is in the Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, on the garage door of Larry Flint’s infamous strip joint: The Hustler Club. The famously anonymous British graffiti artist stenciled a man holding a bouquet of flowers. “Waiting in vain ... at the door of the club,” reads the text accompanying photos of the stencil posted on Banksy’s website. Every day this month, Banksy has been unveiling new works of art around New York. The works are then announced on his website and posted to Instagram. Many of the surprise exhibits follow his signature street-art style: stencils spray-painted on streets, walls of buildings and under bridges.
Compiled By Juliana Norwood. CNN News Wire contributed to this report.