Five people were pronounced dead on Monday after the skydiving tour plane they were on crashed and caught on fire on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the Associated Press reports.
The plane went down around 9:30 a.m. near Kauai’s Port Allen Airport, the county fire department told the AP. Of the pilot, two skydive instructors and two tandem jumpers on board, four were found dead at the scene and one was pronounced dead after being transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. The victims have not yet been publicly identified.
According to the AP, county firefighters believe the group was on a plane owned by SkyDive Kauai, which offers skydiving tours out of Port Allen. David Timko, president of SkyDive Kauai’s parent company D & J Air Adventures, had no comment for the AP about the tragedy, but offered his condolences to the victims’ families.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said it is still unclear what caused the plane, a single-engine Cessna 182H, to crash, the AP reports.
Later Monday, in an unrelated incident, another single-engine airplane crashed in the water near Oahu’s Makaha Beach, Gregor told CNN. After being rescued by a lifeguard, the two passengers on board were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.