FAA to Investigate Molokai Plane Crash

(KHNL) Three people were injured as a small passenger plane crashed late last night about two miles south-southwest of Kaluakoi on the western end of Molokai.

Chopper 8 flew above the crash-site on Monday afternoon. Five people were on-board the Tora Flight Adventures Club when it crashed shortly after take-off, around 8:30 pm Sunday night. Two passengers had to be rushed to Queen's Medical center on Oahu. One person is in critical condition, the other in serious condition.

The pilot went to a nearby home to call for help. The aircraft sustained extensive damage. Tora Flight Adventure Club has an office at 14 Lagoon Drive on Oahu. Federal Aviation Administration officials described the company as an air taxi service.

However, KHNL News 8 discovered Monday that the company may have been operating illegally.

"They may have been conducting operations illegally or against regulations they do not have currently issued by the FAA a part 135 which refers to our regulations a part 135 cert that permits them to conduct air taxi service tourist tours, aerial tours, that type of activity," said FAA spokesman Mike Fergus.