Eleven skydivers killed in ‘tragic’ Hawaii plane crash

Eleven skydivers have died after a plane that was carrying them crashed shortly after take-off, officials in Hawaii have said.

There were no survivors in the crash, which happened near Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s north shore.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident to find the twin engine King Air plane engulfed in flames.

The scene of the crash near Dillingham Airfield
Image: The scene of the crash near Dillingham Airfield

Initial findings suggested the crash happened as the plane was taking off, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Fire chief Manuel Neves said some family members were at the airport as the flight took off, but names of the victims are yet to be released.

Some witnesses said the plane crashed as it was coming into the airport but this has not been confirmed.

Mr Neves described the site of the crash as being “quite a way away from the runway” and added: “In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had.”

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He said that many details are still not known about the incident.

Initially, officials said six people were on board the flight but the number was later raised to 11.

Fire chief Manuel Neves described the crash as 'tragic'
Image: Fire chief Manuel Neves described the crash as ‘tragic’

Two FAA inspectors have already inspected the site and investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are arriving on Saturday evening.

According to FAA records, the plane was manufactured in 1967.

Source: SKY NEWS

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