11 dead as plane crashes in Hawaii, believed during skydiving trip

The wreckage of the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.
The wreckage of the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.PHOTO: REUTERS/LUCKYWELIVE.COM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Eleven passengers and crew were killed on Friday evening (June 21) when their plane crashed near an airfield in Hawaii, the authorities said, during what broadcaster CNN said was a skydiving trip.

The twin-engine King Air plane, with 11 people on board, went down soon after take-off from Dillingham Airfield and there were no survivors, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) said.

The fire service said the aircraft was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

"We are still gathering information as to the intent of the flight and what they were doing," Honolulu Fire Department chief Manuel Neves told a news conference.

CNN said the plane was on a skydiving excursion and the Federal Aviation Administration would investigate the crash.

The HDOT said Federal inspectors are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

Dillingham is a joint-use airfield operated by the HDOT under a 25-year lease from the US army, according to its website.