Pilot’s wife: No answers yet for fatal Lanai crash


KAHULUI, Lanai (AP) — The wife of the pilot who died when a small plane crashed and burned on Lanai said she still doesn’t know what went wrong.

Sheila Magers and her husband, Richard Rooney, own and operate Maui Air. Rooney and two Maui County Planning Department employees were killed when the chartered plane crashed last week in a former pineapple field about a mile from the Lanai airport.

Three other Maui County employees aboard the flight were injured with burns.

Magers said in a statement Tuesday that Maui Air is cooperating with federal investigators trying to understand why the plane crashed. She said the public deserves information but she doesn’t yet know what happened.

She said she lost the man she loved and worked with for 27 years.

 

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