Nine people on board a twin-engine aircraft died Friday night in an accident on Oahu’s North Shore, officials stated.
There were no survivors in the accident of the King Air plane close to a small airport, Hawaii Department of Transport spokesman Tim Sakahara said.
“Upon arrival, we observed the plane fully engulfed in fire,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told reporters on the scene. “The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”
Neves stated the crashed happened near the perimeter fencing of the small airport. “They’re quite a ways away from the runway,” he said.
Crews with Honolulu Emergency Services said it assisted with death pronouncements of the nine after getting the call at 6:26 p.m. Local time, company spokeswoman Shayne Enright said.
Names, ages, and genders of the deceased have not been released.
The crash happened near the small Dillingham Airfield, an airport on the North Shore. The highway fronting the airport was closed in both directions.
Additional details of the crash, including whether the plane was landing or taking off at the time of the crash, weren’t instantly known, Sakahara said.
Officers initially reported that six people had been on board.