- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - The ex-wife and business partner of the pilot who died when a small plane crashed and burned on Lanai says she still doesn’t know what went wrong.

Sheila Magers and Richard Rooney own and operate Maui Air. Rooney and two Maui County Planning Department employees were killed when the chartered plane crashed last week in a former pineapple field about a mile from the Lanai airport. Three other Maui County employees aboard the flight were injured with burns.

Magers says in a statement Tuesday that Maui Air is cooperating with federal investigators trying to understand the crash.

She says she and 66-year-old Rooney divorced in December but remained close and continued to run the company together.

She says she lost the man she loved and worked with for 27 years.


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