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Officials take ferry to first meeting since crash

April 18, 2014 - 10:19am

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui County officials took a ferry to the first Lanai Planning Commission meeting since a February plane crash killed two county workers and injured three other employees.

The Maui News says four planning staffers and a deputy corporation counsel took the ferry to Lanai Wednesday and remained there overnight before heading back on the ferry.

Among the staffers is Clayton Yoshida, a planning program administrator who says workers thought the ferry would be a good way to resume the meetings.

The pilot of the plane chartered from Maui Air Tours also died in the crash, which killed two women working for the Maui County Planning Department.

Three men who also are Maui County employees were hospitalized with burn injuries.

Yoshida says it was business as usual at Wednesday’s meeting.