NTSB releases initial report of deadly Lanai plane crash
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report of the Lanai plane crash that killed the pilot and two Maui County employees in late February.
The report says the Piper PA-31-350 operated by Maui Island Air crashed shortly after takeoff from Lanai Airport on Feb. 26.
The plane was substantially damaged and was partially consumed by the post-crash fire.
Winds were blowing at around 24 mph with gusts of up to 29 mph at the time of the crash.
The investigator found a 640-foot-long debris field at the scene of the crash. The first identified point of contact stretched about 160-feet-long and about 1-foot-wide. Charring vegetation was observed about 100 feet from the first point of contact and fanned out on either side of the debris path for about 260 feet.
The majority of the wreckage was found the last two-thirds of the debris field. The main wreckage was mostly consumed by flames.
Three other passengers on the plane were seriously injured.
The NTSB will continue to investigate the crash.
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