Oklahoma brothers among dead in Hawaii skydiving plane crash

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Posted: May 26, 2016 5:11 AM
Oklahoma brothers among dead in Hawaii skydiving plane crash

HONOLULU (AP) — Two brothers from Oklahoma were among five people killed this week in a rare crash involving skydivers in Hawaii.

Everyone aboard the skydiving tour plane was killed when it went down and burned Monday just after takeoff.

Officials on Wednesday identified the dead as pilot Damien Horan, 30, of Kauai; skydiving instructors, Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Wayne Rose, 26, both also of Kauai; and Marshall and Phillip Cabe of Lawton, Oklahoma, ages 25 and 27, respectively. The Cabes were described as tandem jumpers.

Both brothers recently graduated from Cameron University, a public university in the southwest Oklahoma city of Lawton, said university spokeswoman Janet Williams.

Hawaii Department of Health epidemiologist Daniel Galanis said aircraft crashes are a "fairly rare" cause of death among visitors, especially skydiving.

Out of over 737 visitors who died in Hawaii from 2005 to 2014, just 20 died in aircraft crashes, including one skydiver, state Department of Health data shows. Over the same period, 24 residents were killed in air crashes, including four skydivers.

Four of the Kauai crash victims died at the scene, and one died at a hospital, officials said

"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 went down.

There are no records of accidents for the owner of the skydiving plane, which was believed to have been operated by SkyDive Kauai, 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. He declined to comment on the crash because it was under investigation.