A small plane crash took place in Hawaii about a mile from the Lanai airport, carrying local government employees, officials said Thursday. Three were killed in the plane crash while another three were injured.
The plane, chartered by Maui County, crashed Wednesday evening, killing the pilot and two employees from the county’s department of planning, Maui County said in a statement posted on its website.
Two of those injured are listed in critical condition at a local hospital, while the third victim is in serious condition, the website said.
“Maui County is in mourning after we lost two of our own
last night in a plane crash,” Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said in a
Local media reports said the plane burst into fiery flames after trying to take off in a field near the airport in Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island located to the west of Maui.
Authorities say the group had traveled to Lanai to attend a Planning Commission at the Lanai Senior Center that was scheduled to conclude at 8:30 p.m., but tragically never made it.
The Maui-based airplane company, whose full name is Maui Air – Volcano Air Tours, specializes in aerial tours of Kilauea, the Big Island of Hawaii’s active volcano area, and Eco flight tours of Haleakal?, Mauna Loa, Hilo, and H?na.
Per preliminary data released by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper PA-31 aircraft had substantial damage after the crash. The N483VA identification number indicates the plane is a fixed-wing, two-engine craft owned by Maui Aircraft Leasing LLC.
Emergency dispatch first received a 9-1-1 call from a deputy attorney for the Corporation Counsel, per county authorities, who said he had been in a plane crash. Friends have identified the man, who survived the crash, as James Giroux and say he is undergoing x-rays and a CAT scan overnight.