9 killed in Hawaii twin-engine plane crash

The Honolulu Fire Department says the aircraft was a skydiving plane that crashed on takeoff

Agence France-Presse

Published: 7:03 PM June 22, 2019

Updated: 7:16 PM June 22, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C, USA – A light aircraft crashed in northern Hawaii killing nine passengers Friday, June 21, authorities said.

The twin engine King Air plane went down near an airfield on Oahu island's North Shore, according to Hawaii's Department of Transport (HDOT).

"With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board... with no apparent survivors," it said on its Twitter account.

Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel P. Neves confirmed there were no survivors. He said the aircraft was a skydiving plane that crashed at 6.30pm (0430 GMT) on takeoff, according to local news channel Hawaii Now.

TV footage showed flames billowing into the air from the wreckage.

According to its website, the single-runway Dillingham Airport primarily serves commercial glider and sky diving operations.

Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet he was "closely following" developments, and that "our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims." – Rappler.com