10 Die in Hawaii Plane Crash
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii--A sightseeing airplane with 10 people aboard crashed high on the flanks of the Mauna Loa Volcano on Saturday, and no one survived, authorities said after finding the wreckage yesterday.
The twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain crashed into a patch of hardened lava at 10,000 feet on the northeast slope of the 13,677-foot volcano.
Tour operator Big Island Air notified Kona International Airport at 7:20 p.m. Saturday that its plane was overdue with a pilot and nine passengers, said Marilyn Kali, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. The flight had taken off from the airport about three hours earlier for a tour of the island's Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.
No information about the victims was immediately released, but a tour company official said the pilot had 10,000 hours of flight experience.
Carolinians Give Thanks for Flood Aid
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.--People across eastern North Carolina put down their cleaning supplies briefly to give thanks for the help they have received in recovering from Hurricane Floyd's deadly flooding.
"God has been so good to us when this happened," said Melanie Hicks, who had spent the week trying to salvage her Rocky Mount uniform business. "I don't know how people deal without faith."
Although water continued to recede, many rivers remained above flood stage and some were not expected to drop below that point until Friday.
At least one person has been accused of trying to take advantage of Floyd's damage. Brian Scott L'Hommedieu, 33, of Fort Myers, Fla., was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to charge $2,980 to clean flood-damaged carpets. The work should have cost about $650, authorities said.
The carpets belong to the Topsail Beach Police Department.
* ANCHORAGE--Overriding a veto by Gov. Tony Knowles (D), Alaska's Republican-controlled legislature voted Saturday to allow game wardens to thin wolf packs by shooting the animals from the air. The vote alters a law established by a 1996 citizen ballot initiative that banned hunting Alaskan wolves from aircraft except in emergencies.
* MISSOULA, Mont.--Three people died when the head of Catholic schools in western Montana apparently shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Kathy Sullivan, 50, had received a restraining order against Tim Sullivan, 58, last month. Their bodies and that of Scott Bardsley were found in a living room after a neighbor heard gunshots Saturday night, police said.
* RIDGEFIELD, N.J.--A woman preparing for her wedding was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, who was restrained by the woman's brother and then arrested, police said. Gladys Ricart, 39, was being photographed at her house when her ex-boyfriend, Augustine Garcia, entered the house and fatally shot her, according to a prosecutor who said Garcia is to be arraigned today.