Eleven People Tragically Die in Skydiving Plane Crash
OAHU, HI – According to an online news report at abcnews.go.com, a skydiving plane recently crashed in Oahu, Hawaii, rendering it the worst United States civil air crash since 2011.*
A twin-engine King Air plane went down late last week in the evening hours, killing everyone onboard, per the Hawaii Department of Transportation. According to initial reports on the accident, it appears that nine people were on the plane however, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that eleven died.
"There's nothing left of the plane," Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves indicated. The airfield where the crash occurred – Dillingham Airfield - is located on the northwestern coast of Oahu and provides service to both civilian and military airplanes.
"I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims."
According to Neves, there was a fire that occurred following the crash. Luckily, fire fighters were able to extinguish the planes. It is not clear at this time whether the aircraft was inbound or outbound although witnesses note that it was inbound. Per Neves, local officials are attempting to collect as much information as possible. It is known that it was a skydive aircraft.
The pilot was a 42 year old man from France. "He loved Hawaii and had made great human connections there," said the pilot’s brother. "He was a loving father to his 13-year-old daughter. He will be sorely missed by anyone who’s ever met him."
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by local authorities.
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