Nine dead after plane crash in Hawaii

Dillingham Airfield.
Dillingham Airfield. Photo credit: Google Maps.

Nine people died in a plane crash in Hawaii on Friday (local time), the Hawaii Department of Transportation said.

The twin-engine King Air plane went down near Dillingham Airfield. There appeared to be no survivors, the department said in a statement.

"With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board the King Air twin engine plane that went down near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors."

CNN reports Honolulu Fire Department chief Manuel P Neve as saying the plane was on a skydiving excursion when it crashed.

Neves said when firefighters arrived the plane was engulfed in flames. Witnesses had seen the plane coming inbound.

"This is the most tragic aircraft incident that we had," Neves told CNN affiliate KGMB.

The local Star-Advertiser reports 14 units and 39 personnel were dispatched just before 6:30pm on Friday evening. The fire was control 20 minutes later.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Reuters / Newshub.