Two Airplane Crashes in Hawaii Result in Five Deaths

May 25, 2016
Abram I. Bohrer

The aviation accident and airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the developing story of two unrelated general aviation airplane crashes that took place in Hawaii on May 23.

The first aviation accident took place at 9:30 a.m. on the island of Kauai when a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire. The airplane crash resulted in the death of five people: the pilot, two skydiving instructors, and two tandem jumpers.

The single-engine Cessna 182H was operated by SkyDive Kauai, which is officially registered as D&J Air Adventures according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

While the cause of the crash is yet to be determined, an eyewitness claimed that the engine was making strange noises as the plane took off from Port Allen Airport and that the airplane was seemingly heading back to the airport before it caught fire and crashed.

The second aviation accident took place a few hours later when a single-engine airplane experienced engine trouble on the way to Honolulu International Airport. The plane made a crash landing into the water directly off the island of Oahu.

According to Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins, lifeguards brought two people to the beach after spotting the downed aircraft 50 yards out to shore. One of the passengers was transferred to an area hospital with minor injuries.

In the nine year span of 2005 to 2014, 44 people were killed in aircraft crashes according to Hawaii Department of Health data. Twenty of those killed were visitors and the rest were Hawaii residents.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating both of the airplane crashes.

The airplane crash and aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman will monitor the FAA and NTSB reports regarding the incidents. The law firm’s founder, Abram Bohrer, has asserted that Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to keep a close eye on the developments surrounding both Hawaii plane crashes.

The aviation accident attorneys from the New Jersey and New York aviation law firm Bohrer & Lukeman have over two decades of experience focusing on general aviation and airline accidents. Its airplane crash lawyers have represented clients from across the globe that have been involved in aviation incidents. They are knowledgeable in airplane, airline, and aviation accidents, and their primary concern is the aggressive representation of their clients.

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