Today Maui Police issued their preliminary “Miscellaneous Accident” regarding the tragic crash of a chartered flight returning to Maui from Lana’i. All five passengers were Maui County employees. The pilot was also a Maui resident.
No new details are added that have not already been made available through press inquiries, family statements and investigations. The only new details are that the exact cause of death for each of the three who perished will have to be officially classified following autopsies.
MPD Report 14-008959, issued by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, reads as follows:
“On 02/26/14 at about 2111 hours, a plane crash occurred on the island of Lanai shortly after departure. The crash site was located in an area approximately one mile south of the airport locally known as “Miki Basin.” Six (6) passengers and the pilot were confirmed on the plane, owned by Maui Air Tours.
Three (3) survivors, identified as Mr. James GIROUX (43) from Haiku, Mr. Douglas MILLER (57) from Kahului, and Mr. Mark KING (43) from Kihei, are still being treated in hospitals on Oahu. DOUGLAS and MILLER are listed in critical condition and GIROUX is listed in stable condition.
Three (3) passengers perished as a result of the crash. Their names are Mr. Richard ROONEY (66) from Paia, who was also the pilot and owner of the aircraft, Mrs. Tremaine BALBERDI (52) from Kahului, and Ms. Kathleen KERN (50) from Kihei. All victims were positively identified; however, cause of death has not been determined pending the Coroner’s Physicians report.
The aircraft, a Piper PA-31-350 (owned and operated by Maui Air Tours), was chartered by the County of Maui Planning Department for a meeting on Lanai.
The County of Maui personnel that were on the flight were:
James GIROUX – Deputy for Corporation Counsel
Douglas MILLER – Planner IV for the Planning Department
Mark KING – Geographical Information Systems Analyst V
Tremaine BALBERDI – Secretary to the Boards and Commission II
Kathleen KERN – Planner V for the Planning Department