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11 Dead in Hawaii Skydiving Plane Crash

Jul 22, 2019 | Cases, Crashes

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Katzman Lampert is currently representing a mother who lost her son in this crash.

  • Date: June 19, 2019
  • Location: Dillingham Airfield, Oahu Hawaii, USA
  • Airline: Private
  • Type of Aircraft: Beech King Air 350
  • Type of Incident: Crashed After Takeoff
  • Total Passengers: 9 + 2 Crew
  • Fatalities: 11

(Oahu, Hawaii, USA -June 19, 2019)​

All 11 passengers and crew aboard a Hawaii skydiving aircraft are dead after the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. Authorities say that the twin engine Beechcraft King Air went down shortly after taking off from Dillingham Airfield on the northern shore of the island of Oahu. The death toll, initially reported as six persons, is now officially listed that all eleven aboard were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board has responded to the crash by sending a team to investigate the incident on Oahu. No cause of the wreck is known at this time. It appears the operators of the aircraft were not in good standing with the state and lacked the proper permits for skydiving, reports show.

Dillingham Airfield is often used by commercial glider and skydiving aircraft and is located within 650-acre Dillingham Military Reservation. It is a leased property with a single 5,000 foot runway.

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