5 Killed in Hawaii Skydiving Plane Crash

Cessna burst into flames just after takeoff
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2016 12:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Five people died in Hawaii Monday morning when a skydiving tour ended in disaster. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman tells NBC that the single-engine Cessna 182, carrying two skydivers, two tandem instructors, and the pilot, crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Kauai's Port Allen airport. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fifth died in a local hospital. The fiery crash ignited a brush fire that took around an hour to extinguish.

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Retired Air Force aircraft mechanic Cisco Campos tells Hawaii News Now that he saw the plane take off and noticed that the engine sounded strange. He says that it appeared to be turning back to the airport when an engine caught fire and the plane "fell out of the sky" after bursting into flames. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. (In New Zealand earlier this year, 12 skydivers and their pilot escaped moments before their plane crashed into a lake.)

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