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Posted: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 1:22 PM HST

Maui County identifies Lanai plane crash victims

By Associated Press

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) Maui County has released the names of those who died in a small chartered plane crash on Lanai Island last week.

The county said Wednesday the 66-year-old pilot and owner of the aircraft, Richard Rooney, died along with two Maui County employees.

Fifty-two-year old Tremaine Balderdi was a board and commission secretary. Kathleen Kern, who was 50, was a planner in the county planning department.

The county says all victims were positively identified.

The chartered plane crashed on Feb. 26 in a former pineapple field about one mile from the Lanai airport. Three other Maui County employees aboard the flight were injured with burns.

Maui County chartered the plane operated by Maui Air Tours to fly to Lanai for a planning department meeting.

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