Millionaire Killed In Pacific Crash

Larry Hillblom, the multimillionaire co-founder of DHL Worldwide Express, was killed in a plane crash north of this western Pacific island. He was 52.

Hillblom and two other men left Saipan on Sunday for Pagan Island, 290 miles north of here. They were going to explore mining ash from a volcano but the weather forced them to turn back, said David Ecret, a spokesman for the governor.

Also killed was Jesus P. Mafnas, vice speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, of which Saipan is a part.

The bodies of Hillblom and Mafnas were found.

The pilot, Robert Long, apparently sank with Hillblom’s twin-engine amphibious plane after it went down Sunday night 45 miles north of Saipan, Ecret said. His body wasn’t immediately found and a search continued early Tuesday.

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