9 killed in skydiving plane crash in Hawaii – New York Post

9 killed in skydiving plane crash in Hawaii – New York Post

A sunset skydiving excursion turned tragic when a twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off in Oahu, Hawaii, killing all nine people on board.

The state’s Department of Transportation confirmed the crash early Saturday in a tweet.

The aircraft, a Beechcraft 65 King Air, crashed Friday at about 6:30 pm local time at the Dillingham Airfield.

The “sunset tandem” flight was carrying three customers and six employees of the Oahu Parachute Center, according to Hawaii News Now.

“We saw big smoke. We saw big fire, firemen trying to put it out. Crazy,” said witness Justin Kepa.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told reporters. “The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”

“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had,” he added.

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