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9 Reported Dead In Crash Near Dillingham Airfield

Updated: June 21, 9:20 p.m.

Nine people perished in a crash of a King Air twin-engine plane near Dillingham Airfield, state transportation officials said on Twitter Friday.

The department initially reported six people died, but later updated the number of fatalities to nine, with no apparent survivors.

"Upon arrival, we saw 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 said the crashed occurred 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 receiving the call at 6:26 p.m. local time, agency spokeswoman Shayne Enright said.

Names, ages and genders of the deceased have not been released.

The crash occurred near the small airfield on Oahu's North Shore. The highway fronting the airport was closed in both directions.

Other details of the crash, including whether the plane was landing or taking off at the time of the crash, weren't immediately known, Sakahara said.

Associated Press contributed to this story.

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