SUVA, Dec. 29, Reuter: Three members of a Florida family were among the 11 people killed when a Sunflower Airlines Heron aircraft crashed in Fiji on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy said here today.

A press statement identified them as Lawrence Dame, 62, his wife, Roberta, 61, of Dear field Circle Beach, and their daughter Sandra Ann Dame, 28, from Delary Beach.

Another daughter, Candiss Catherine Dame, 29, who survived, was in hospital in Lautoka, north of Nadi, the coastal town on Fiji’s main island where the plane crashed just before landing. Hospital authorities declined to disclose her condition or that of the two other survivors. Two other Americans died in Fiji’s worst air crash. One was identified as Kenneth Vondrasek, 48, of Valdez, Alaska. The names of the fifth Ameri can and a Swedish resident of the United States who also died were withheld pending notification of their next of kin. The other five victims were the Australian and New Zealand pilots and three Fiji citizens.

The Heron was on a scheduled flight from Savu, on Fiji’s second largest island of Vanua Levu, to Nadi International Airport on Viti Levu when it plummeted to the ground just short of the runway.

Article extracted from this publication >>  January 2, 1987