Saturday, June 22, 2019

Plane crash kills all nine on board in Hawaii

Nine people died when a small, twin-engine aircraft used by skydivers crashed Friday evening near Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, officials said.

Family members of the skydivers were reportedly not far from the site when the crash happened.

The mangled remains of the King Air plane were seen in a photo posted by a local newspaper and distributed by the Associated Press.

“In my 44 years as a firefighter in Hawaii, this is the most tragic incident that we’ve had,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told the Star-Advertiser, describing the incident.

Hawaii’s Department of Transportation confirmed on Twitter that the plane, a type of American-built small utility aircraft, had nine people aboard when it crashed. No survivors were expected to be found.