Officials release identities of skydiving crash victims

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Posted: May 25, 2016 11:37 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai officials have released the names of the five people who died after a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire in Hawaii on Monday.

Everyone on the plane was killed. Officials identified the pilot as Damien Horan, 30, of Kauai. The two skydiving instructors were identified as Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Wayne Rose, 26, who both lived on Kauai.

Brothers Marshall and Phillip Cabe of Lawton, Oklahoma, were identified as the tandem jumpers. They were 25 and 27 years old respectively.

Both brothers had recently graduated from Cameron University, a public university with about 5,100 students in the southwest Oklahoma city of Lawton, said university spokeswoman Janet Williams.

"Our entire community is saddened by the loss of these men," said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry, who also offered his appreciation for the first responders, investigators and service organizations that assisted the families.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were investigating why the single-engine plane crashed and burned just after takeoff. So far, there are no records of accidents for the owner of the skydiving plane, officials said.

There also are no reported enforcement actions against David Timko, the owner of Skydive Kauai, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The company is listed in state documents as a trade name for D&J Air Adventures, the registered owner of the Cessna 182H, according to FAA records.

The records show the plane was over 50 years old.

"Our hearts go out to the families," Timko said Tuesday, adding that he didn't have further comment because the crash was under investigation.