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3 dead, 2 injured in Hawaii plane crash

February 27, 2014

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Hawaii’s Lanai Island, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near the island’s airport.

He says details are still sketchy but the plane was taking off or had just taken off when it went down.

Antone said three are dead and two are critically injured. Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said a third occupant was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Mainaga said crews located the aircraft about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) southwest of the airport.

Authorities said that they believe everyone aboard the aircraft has been accounted for.

Billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., bought 98 percent of Lanai in 2012. He later told financial news channel CNBC he envisions Lanai becoming a “little laboratory” for experimenting with more environmentally sound ways to live.

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