HILO, Hawaii -- A visitor from Oklahoma was missing and eight
people were plucked from the ocean alive after their sightseeing
plane crashed here.
The Aug. 25 accident was the second in a year for tour operator
Big Island Air and the second sightseeing flight to crash in Hawaii
in a little more than a month.
The 10-passenger Piper Chieftan Navajo was on a 90-minute tour
of the island when it crashed into the water about 200 yards off
shore, according to Hilo police.
Local press reports quoted witnesses who said the plane was on
fire before it crashed.
Seven passengers and the pilot were taken to Hilo Medical Center
after being pulled out of the water, police said. A 61-year-old
woman from Oklahoma who was on the flight with her husband was
On Sept. 25, 1999, nine passengers and a pilot were killed when
the same type of aircraft from Big Island Air crashed on Mauna
Just more than a month ago, six passengers and a pilot were
killed when a sightseeing helicopter on Maui operated by Blue
Hawaiian Helicopters crashed into a mountain.