HONOLULU (AP) — A small plane with nine people on board has crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai (moh-loh-KY'-ee).
Makai Kai Air President Richard Schuman says initial indications are that everyone made it out of the aircraft safely.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1aXcHhd ), the Coast Guard says one survivor swam to shore Wednesday afternoon, and rescue crews were pulling the other eight out of the water.
Maui fire officials said the plane went down about a half-mile northwest of the Kalaupapa peninsula and eight people were seen in the water wearing life vests.
Schuman says the plane was a Cessna Grand Caravan. It departed Kalaupapa for Honolulu at 3:45 p.m.
State Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo says Director Loretta Fuddy and Deputy Director Keith Yamamoto were booked on the flight.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com