911 tapes released from Lanai plane crash

Published On: Mar 19 2014 07:00:00 PM HST
LANAI CITY, Hawaii -

911 calls reveal the fear and uncertainty moments after a fiery plane crash on Lana'i.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

The incident happened the night of Feb. 26 with six people on board, but only three survived. The 911 calls not only alerted Hawaii first responders, but they could have played a key role in helping save the surviving passengers.

Here is a transcript from four separate 911 calls:

Police officer: Good evening. Molokai police station, may I help you?

Caller 1: Hi, I don't know it there was an explosion or something, but somebody might want to go check on it....There was a big bright orange flash. I don't know if it's a test or something, but it kinda looked like an explosion.

911 representative: 911, what is your emergency?

Caller 2: Is there a crash on Lanai -- on Lanai?

911 representative 2: 911.

Caller 3: Hi dispatch. I'm calling about the flight on Lanai that got into the accident.

911 representative 3: 911, what is your emergency?

Caller 4: Yeah, I'm on Lanai near the airport and I guess there was some kind of fire or explosion.

Perhaps the most important of the calls that came in that night was that of passenger James Giroux. He was the Haiku resident who pulled two other victims out of the wreckage also called 911.

Maui Police says Giroux's call was removed from the recording KITV received because of information he gave that's covered under a Privacy Act.

Giroux was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in serious condition. KITV has learned he was released and returned home on Maui.

The two other survivors taken to Queen's were both in critical condition. The hospital says it cannot release information on their status.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash.


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