A small plane used for skydiving crashed in Oahu, killing all 11 people on board Friday.
According to CBS News, the King Air plane suddenly burst into flames after it took off around 6:30 p.m. with six employees and three customers on board. The incident is currently being investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. Authorities did not reveal the victims’ identity and ages.
Witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to have issues during takeoff and was very unsteady on the runway.
“We saw big smoke. We saw a big fire and firemen trying to put it out — crazy,”
Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said the victims’ relatives were present during the crash and watched the tragic scene unfold.
“It is very difficult. In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident we’ve had,”
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell released a statement saying he is staying informed on all details relating to the crash.
“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims,”
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