OAHU, Jun 23, 2019, AAP. Eleven people died when a twin engine aircraft carrying skydivers burst into flames in Hawaii on Friday, reported the 9News.
There were “no apparent survivors” tweeted the Hawaii Department of Transportation after the King Air plane crashed near a small airport on Oahu’s North Shore.
“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told reporters on the scene. “The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”
The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane took off from Dillingham Airfield on the north shore of the island.
The plane was operated by the Oahu Parachute Center skydiving company and the ratio of employees to customers suggested that tandem jumps may have been planned in which the customers would have jumped while attached to experienced skydivers, Tim Sakahara, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, told reporters yesterday.
Neves described the site of the crash near the airport’s perimeter as being “quite a ways away from the runway” and said some family members of those aboard were at the airport when the plane went down at 6.30pm.
“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had,” Neves said.