Hawaii officials: 5 killed in small plane crash on Kauai

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Monday, May 23, 2016

HONOLULU -- Five people died in a fiery plane crash on Kauai Monday morning, officials said.

The small plane crashed about 9:30 a.m. during a skydiving tour just outside Port Allen Airport, the Kauai Fire Department said in a statement. The pilot, two skydive instructors and two tandem jumpers were believed to be in the plane.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene and one man was taken to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The National Transportation Safety Board will work with officials to determine the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor initially said it was a single-engine plane made from a kit. However, he later said he received wrong information. Details about the plane involved in the crash weren't immediately available.

Officials asked the public to avoid the area.

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