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.”
#HDH Update: Authorities have confirmed there were 11 people on board the plane that went down soon after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield with no survivors. Federal inspectors continue to investigate the cause of the crash that occurred June 21, 2019.
— Hawaii DOT (@DOTHawaii) June 22, 2019
“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.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Sydney Morning Herald: “The Australian Consulate-General in Honolulu is making inquiries of local authorities to determine whether any Australians were affected by the plane crash in Hawaii.”