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Nine Dead after Skydiving Airplane Crashes in Oahu

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Nine dead in skydiving accident

Nine people, including the pilot, died after a small twin-engine skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames at around 6:30 p.m. Friday in Hawaii as family and friends hoping to watch their loved ones skydive looked on.

CNN reports that the plane, a Beehcraft 65 King Air operated by Oahu Parachute Center had just taken off on a “sunset tandem” skydiving excursion near Dillingham Airfield in Oahu when the accident occurred.

Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel P. Neves said witnesses reported seeing the plane coming straight down before it hit a fence line shortly after take-off.

Justin Kepa, a witness, told Hawaii News Now that he watched the plane go down. “We saw big smoke. We saw big fire, firemen trying to put it out. Crazy,” he said.



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