Five Dead in Hawaii Skydiving Tour Plane Crash; Officials Working to Determine Cause
Five people are dead after a skydiving tour plane crashed in Hawaii on Monday.
Fire officials on Kauai said the crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. outside the island's Port Allen Airport.
Four people aboard died at the scene. A fifth man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The pilot, two skydive instructors and two tandem jumpers were believed to be in the plane at the time of the crash.
The group is believed to have been part of a tour operated by SkyDive Kauai, county officials said. The company's president has declined to comment on the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident and will work with officials to determine what caused the crash.
Kauai County officials said the identities of the dead haven't been released.
The crash resulted in a small brush fire in the surrounding area, which firefighters had extinguished by approximately 10:30 a.m.
Hours after the tragedy on Monday, a second plane crashed in Hawaii off the coast of Oahu.
In the second crash, the small plane went down about 30 yards off the coast, the AP reports. The two people on board both survived.
One occupant was taken to a nearby hospital. Another was uninjured.