9 people killed following a fatal plane crash at Dillingham Airfield in Mokulē'ia, Oahu Friday night (June 21st)
(Out of respect for the families of the victim, we will not post any photos or videos of the actual incident and scene)
The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) along with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), Honolulu Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), State Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) units, State Sheriffs, Honolulu Medical Examiners Office (ME), Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to fatal plane crash at Dillingham Airfield Friday evening (June 21st).
The initial call came in at 6:24 pm and HFD dispatched 14 fire units and HEMS dispatched 5 units (3 Ambulances and 2 Supervisor Units) responded to the scene located near a perimeter fence of Dillingham Airfield on the Kaena Point (west) end of the airfield.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, witnesses in the area reported a plane crash at the outer perimeter fence of Dillingham Airfield and reported to be fully engulfed in flames.
Once emergency crews arrived on scene, HFD immediately went into a defensive firefighting mode to extinguished fire and also worked to determined if there any victims and begin work to provide immediate life-saving measures to any victims. The fire was brought under control 20 mins later. It was later determined that all 9 passengers aboard the aircraft (described as Beechcraft 65 King Air Twin Engine) were Dead on Arrival (DOA).
Once that determination was made and the fire was extinguished by HFD & ARFF crews, the scene was turned over to FAA investigators to begin their investigation in the cause and circumstances of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator from the mainland is scheduled to arrive on Oahu.
HDOT officials have released the company operating the aircraft was Oahu Parachuting Center with tail number of N256TA, which is according to records is: 1967 BEECH 65-A90 Fixed wing multi engine (9 seats / 2 engines).
No details were released on whether the aircraft was on approach or departing from the airfield, if the aircraft was about to conduct a tour/jump at the time of the crash, or information on the identities/gender/ages of the victims were released as all those details are still pending or under investigation.
Farrington Highway fronting Dillingham Airfield along with Dillingham Airfield will remain closed until further notice.