A single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft crashed about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday shortly after takeoff from the Hilo Airport, injuring two people critically, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Three people were on board the small plane and were transported to the hospital by Hawaii Fire Department ambulances. A Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman confirmed that two were in critical condition and one was in stable condition.
A Department of Transportation official said the pilot and two passengers were on board the plane when it crashed near Runway 21, the shorter of the two runways at Hilo Airport. Of those on board, two were male and one was female.
The airport’s rescue crew, Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting, responded to the crash and evacuated the passengers and pilot; things were reported wrapped up by 2:20 p.m.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.