5 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash on Kauai

May 23, 2016

Multiple agencies responded to the scene of plane crash that occurred just outside of Port Allen Airport in Hanapēpē.
Credit Kauai Fire Department

Officials are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash on the south shore of Kauai that killed all five people on board. 

A single engine Cessna plane operating a skydive tour was involved in a fiery crash that resulted in five fatalities.
Credit Kauai Fire Department

The crash happened at Port Allen Airport shortly after takeoff in Hanapēpē. Sarah Blane, a spokesperson for the County of Kaua‘i, says the plane, a single engine Cessna, is owned by the company Skydive Kaua‘i.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. One adult male was transferred to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

Blane says the cause of the plane crash is still unknown and Kaua‘i police are working with personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The victim’s names have not yet been released.  Autopsies will be conducted later this week.