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BREAKING: Identities Released in Molokai Helicopter Crash

November 14, 2011, 4:26 PM HST
* Updated November 14, 5:13 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Blue Hawaiian helicopter, file photo by Wendy Osher. The photo above is not from the crash site.

Maui police today released the identity of the five people killed in tour helicopter crash on Molokai last week.

Among those killed were: Michael Todd Abel, 25, and Nicole Belivacqua-Abel, 28, both of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Stuart Robertson, 50, and Eva Birgitta Wannersjo, 47, both of Toronto, Canada; and pilot Nathan Cline, 30, of Kihei Maui.

The five were aboard a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter that crashed into a mountain ridge on the east end of Molokai at around 12:14 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

The flight was scheduled for a one-hour tour of West Maui and Molokai, when the crash occurred just mauka of Kilohana Elementary School.  There were no survivors.

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Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and personnel from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on Molokai on Saturday.

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The wreckage was to be moved to Maui on Sunday for further inspection.

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