(Reuters) – Eleven passengers and crew have been killed on Friday night when their airplane crashed close to an airfield in Hawaii, authorities stated, throughout what broadcaster CNN stated was a skydiving journey.
The twin-engine King Air airplane, with eleven individuals onboard, went down quickly after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield and there have been no survivors, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) stated.
The hearth service stated the plane was engulfed in flames when hearth crews arrived. “We are nonetheless gathering data as to the intent of the flight and what they have been doing,” Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel Neves instructed a information convention.
CNN stated the airplane was on a skydiving tour and the Federal Aviation Administration would examine the crash.
The HDOT stated Federal inspectors are persevering with to analyze the reason for the crash.
Dillingham is a joint-use airfield operated by the HDOT underneath a 25-year lease from the U.S. military, in response to its web site.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Ishita Chigilli Palli in Bengaluru; modifying by John Stonestreet