Plane Crashes While on Skydiving Excursion in Hawaii, All 9 Aboard Died

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By Wire Service
June 22, 2019USshare
Plane Crashes While on Skydiving Excursion in Hawaii, All 9 Aboard Died
Remnants of an aircraft carrying nine people lies on the ground near a fence that surrounds Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia, just off Farrington Highway on June 21, 2019. (Bruce Asato/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

A small plane crashed while on a skydiving excursion in Oahu and erupted into flames, killing all nine people aboard, Hawaii authorities said.

The King Air twin-engine plane went down Friday evening near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors, the Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted.

It was on a skydiving excursion when it crashed, Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel P. Neves said.

When firefighters arrived, the plane was engulfed in flames and they worked to extinguish them. Witnesses saw the plane coming inbound before it went down onto a fence line, away from the runway, Neves said.

“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident what we’ve had,” he told reporters at the scene, about an hour’s drive north of Honolulu.

“We had some helicopters with the military but this is a civilian plane that went down and with that many people on board,” Neves told CNN affiliate KGMB.

The names of the passengers have not been released. Some family members were at the airfield when the plane went down, Neves said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation.

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A plume of smoke rises after an airplane crash in Haleiwa, Hawaii on June 21, 2019. ( via Reuters)

The airfield is a general aviation airport operated by the department under a 25-year lease from the U.S. Army, Hawaii’s government website says.

The state leases 272 acres of the 650-acre Dillingham Military Reservation and operates the single 5,000-foot runway primarily for commercial glider and sky diving operations.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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