Plane crash on Lanai

A plane crashed about a half-mile from Lanai Airport on Wednesday night, according to police and a witness near the crash site.

Alberta de Jetley, Lanai Times publisher and editor, was able to see the burned plane, glowing and surrounded by emergency vehicles, at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“The whole plane is burnt,” she said.

De Jetley said the crash was off a dirt road near the Maui Electric Co. power plant.

She said that the terrain is mostly flat grassland and fallow pineapple fields.

A Goodfellow Bros. crew that told de Jetley that they left the crash site to bring back a bulldozer said that there were four people on the plane, three were dead and a female survived and was walking around.

De Jetley was concerned that the crash victims might be members of the Maui Planning Department that had arrived on the island earlier in the day for a Lanai Planning Commission meeting.

County spokesman Rod Antone confirmed Wednesday night that three Planning Department officials were scheduled to travel to Lanai for the meeting. He said that Planning Director Will Spence and Deputy Director Michele McLean were not on the plane.

Neal Rabaca, who runs a limousine service on Lanai, reported dropping off five Planning Department officials at Lanai Airport at about 9 p.m. They were supposed to catch a charter flight to Maui.

He did not see the crash.