11 killed in tragic skydiving plane crash on Hawaiian island

The aircraft was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. Source: Twitter -World News Tonight

Eleven people have died after a small plane used for skydiving crashed and erupted into flames on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The twin-engine plane went down near the Dillingham Airfield on Oahu island’s North Shore on Friday evening (local time), according to Hawaii’s Department of Transport (HDOT).

Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said the aircraft was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived and there appeared to be no survivors.

“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” Neves told reporters on the scene, according to The Australian. “The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”

“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wrote on Twitter. “At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”

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

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