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Posted: Thursday, February 27th, 2014 1:15 PM HST

3 dead, 3 injured in Hawaii plane crash

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Five Maui County employees are among the dead and injured in the crash of a small plane shortly after takeoff from Lanai.

Three people were killed and three others were injured in the crash Wednesday evening.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone told The Associated Press that the crash occurred about a mile from Lanai Airport in the Miki Basin area,

The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine Piper PA31 burned upon impact.

Maui County identified the dead as the pilot of the plane and two Department of Planning employees. Two other planning employees were in critical condition and the deputy attorney for Corporation Counsel, the agency that provides legal services for the county, was in serious condition Thursday morning.

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

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