27 February 2014

N483VA Lost Near LNY

A Piper PA-31-350 Navajo owned by Maui Aircraft Leasing LLC, N483VA (msn 31-7552124), crashed about a mile from the departure end of LNY's Runway 3 last evening, after take-off. Reports are three of the six on-board perished, and the other three survived. The passengers were officials from Maui County on Lānaʻi for county meeting. The three lost were the pilot and two passengers. The three survivors were put on an AirMed King Air 200 (N911ZD) medevac flight to HNL for treatment. The FAA and NTSB will be investigating the cause of this accident.

N483VA was one of three Navajo owned by Maui Aircraft Leasing, along with N471VA (msn 31-8352015) and N35892 (msn 31-8052140).

The HNL RareBirds team expresses our condolences, thoughts and prayers to those involved and their families.

Mahalo to team member OGGturbojets for the top photo.

AirMed's N911ZD (msn LJ-1559) taxiing out to Taxiway C earlier this year.

Further details in this Maui County press release, and this American Live Wire article.

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