HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) -- Rescue crews scouring the smoky wreckage of a twin-engine plane recovered the bodies of nine of 10 people killed following the worst air disaster in Hawaii in a decade.
The wreckage of the Big Island Air plane was spotted early Sunday about 10,500 feet up the 13,600-foot Mauna Loa Volcano.
Some victims were so badly burned and parts of the wreckage so charred that they disintegrated in the hands of recovery crews, said Doug Lentz of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The bodies were taken to Hilo Hospital, which said it had remains for only nine victims. Their names were not released.
The twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain was reported overdue at Kona International Airport at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. The last contact came at 5:21 p.m., an hour after takeoff off from the airport, and the pilot did not say there were any problems at that time.
The crash was Hawaii's worst since Oct. 28, 1989, when an Island Air DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed on the island of Molokai, killing 20 people.