1 dead in small plane crash off Molokai, Hawaii

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Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:38 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — One person is dead after a small plane with nine people aboard crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai (moh-loh-KY'-ee).

A Maui Fire Department official told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1aXcHhd ) that one person died in Wednesday's crash.

A pilot and eight passengers were on board the Makani Kai Air plane. It went down about a half mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula.

Makai Kai Air President Richard Schuman says the plane was a Cessna Grand Caravan.

State Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo says Director Loretta Fuddy and Deputy Director Keith Yamamoto were booked on the flight.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie says a Coast Guard helicopter got 3 passengers out of the water while Maui fire crews picked up five people. One person swam ashore.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com