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3 dead, 3 injured in plane crash on Hawaii's Lanai Island

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This Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo released by Russell deJetley shows emergency crews at the site of a plane crash in Lanai City, Hawaii. A small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Hawaii's Lanai island, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday about a mile from Lanai Airport in the Miki Basin area, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Russell deJetley)

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This Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo released by Russell deJetley shows emergency crews at the site of a plane crash in Lanai City, Hawaii. A small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Hawaii's Lanai island, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday about a mile from Lanai Airport in the Miki Basin area, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Russell deJetley)

WAILUKU, Hawaii - An outbound flight from Hawaii's Lanai Island crashed less than two kilometres from the airport, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday.

The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (11:30 p.m. PT), Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.

He told The Associated Press that details were still sketchy but that the plane was taking off or had just taken off when it went down.

Antone said three are dead, two are critically injured and one is less seriously hurt.

No names were released.

Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said crews located the aircraft southwest of the airport.

Authorities said that they still don't know how many people were aboard or details about the crash.

Local media reports said the plane was a small aircraft.

Alberta de Jetley, Lanai Times publisher and editor, told the Maui News that the crash was off a dirt road near the Maui Electric Co. power plant.

She said that the terrain is mostly flat grassland and fallow pineapple fields.

Billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., bought 98 per cent of Lanai in 2012.

Ellison later told financial news channel CNBC he envisions Lanai becoming a "little laboratory" for experimenting with more environmentally sound ways to live.

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