Plane crash kills seven passengers and two crew near Oahu airfield

NINE dead in Hawaii skydiving tr

Plane crash kills seven passengers and two crew near Oahu airfield

NINE dead in Hawaii skydiving tragedy: Plane erupts in flames killing seven passengers and two crew after crashing on takeoff near Oahu airfield - as loved ones waited at the airport

  • The twin engine King Air plane went down near an airfield on Oahu island's North Shore on Friday
  • Hawaii's Department of Transport confirmed there were no survivors on Twitter 
  • Footage showed a dark cloud of smoke billowing into the air from the wreckage

A light aircraft crashed in northern Hawaii killing nine passengers Friday, 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. 

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Remnants of an aircraft carrying nine people lies on the ground near a fence that surrounds Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia, just off Farrington Highway

Remnants of an aircraft carrying nine people lies on the ground near a fence that surrounds Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia, just off Farrington Highway

A plume of smoke was filmed above the crash site on Friday after a light-aircraft on a skydiving trip crashed in Hawaii

A plume of smoke was filmed above the crash site on Friday after a light-aircraft on a skydiving trip crashed in Hawaii 

'Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,' he said at the scene. 'The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.' 

Neves added that the crash occurred near the perimeter fencing of the airport. He added: 'They're quite a ways away from the runway.' 

The plane was used in a sky dive operation, and Neves said some family members of those on board waited at the airport for the plane to return.

The debris field was relatively small, about 50 feet (15 meters) by 50 feet (15 meters), he said.

'In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident what we've had,' he added.

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

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

 Crews with Honolulu Emergency Services said it assisted with death pronouncements of the nine after receiving the call at 6:26 p.m. local time, agency spokeswoman Shayne Enright said.

Names, ages and genders of the deceased have not been released.

An experienced pilot who works Dillingham Airfield 

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.'

The twin engine King Air plane (similar to above) went down near an airfield on Oahu island's North Shore on Friday

The twin engine King Air plane (similar to above) went down near an airfield on Oahu island's North Shore on Friday

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