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Hawaii Plane Crash Kills Pilot, 2 Skydive Instructors, 2 Participants

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In this photo provided by Ryan Richardson, plumes of smoke are seen from Port Allen Harbor across an inlet after a plane crashes just outside Port Allen Airport on the island of Kauai, on Monday, May 23, 2016. Multiple people died after a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire in Hawaii, one of two plane crashes reported Monday in the islands. (Ryan Richardson via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 May 2016 07:10 AM

Five people died in a Hawaii plane crash on Monday when a skydiving tour plane went down on the island of Kauai.

The five people — the pilot, two skydive instructors, and two tandem jumpers — were believed to be part of a tour operated by SkyDive Kauai, The Associated Press reported.

The single-engine Cessna 182H crashed at about 9:30 a.m. Monday on the island of Kauai near Port Allen Airport. Four died at the scene and the fifth was soon pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. A cause hasn't been determined.

A small brush fire ignited by the crash was extinguished by 10:30 a.m., the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

Volunteers from the Kauai Red Cross, Salvation Army, and a grief counseling service called Life’s Bridges were at the scene.

A nearby fisherman described seeing the plane fall from the sky, Hawaii New Now reported.

Cisco Campos told the station that the engine sounded strange when the plane took off. He said it seemed to sputter and then cut out, and the plane appeared to turn back to the airport, but the engine caught fire.

The identities of the victims haven't been officially released, but Hawaii News Now reported that they included skydiving instructor Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Oklahoma brothers Marshall and Phillip Cabe, who both recently graduated from Cameron University in Lawton.

"The most tragic thing is a loss of life," Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho told Hawaii News Now. "Five people lost their lives today so our love and aloha goes out to the families."

Two other people were injured in a separate incident off the island of Oahu on Monday when a single-engine airplane experienced engine trouble and landed in the water, CNN reported.

A lifeguard noticed the partially submerged plane at about 11:20 a.m. A 56-year old male pilot and a 52-year-old female passenger were hanging onto the wing of the plane when the lifeguard reached them, CNN said. They suffered minor injuries.

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