Hawaii plane crash victim was born in Canada

Kathleen Kern
Kathleen Kern

HONOLULU (AP) - The family of one of the women who died in a fiery plane crash on Lanai Island says she was originally from Canada and pursued a longtime dream to live in Hawaii.

Kathleen Kern's family released a statement through the Hawaii Department of Health Friday saying she was one of the three who died in the crash. The pilot and another Maui County Planning Department employee were killed. Authorities haven't released their names. Three other Maui employees were injured.

A health department spokeswoman says she was asked to disseminate the statement because Kern's sister-in-law is a retired department employee.

According to the statement, 50-year-old Kern was born in Vancouver and moved to Hawaii in 2009 to work for the Maui planning department. Her family says she was passionate about urban planning.

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