WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Mayor of Maui County had to fight back tears during a press conference about the plane crash that killed and injured county employees.
"We lost two of our own," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. He then choked up. Three county employees were also injured.
"We're devastated," says Michelle McLean, the Deputy Director of the Planning Commission. The plane was transporting county employees from Lana'i back to Maui after a planning meeting when it crashed just after takeoff.
Everyone described the county employees as a close community.
Grief counselors were available Thursday but many employees chose to go home to mourn the loss of their co-workers.
The Mayors ball will go on as planned Friday night at the Grand Wailea but it will be scaled back significantly. And there could be a donation table for the families of the victims.
The three survivors were taken to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu for emergency medical attention. Two of them were reported to be in critical condition and one was in serious condition. But Rod Antone, communications director for the Maui County, said Friday that the conditions of the critically injured are not expected to worsen.