The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report today on the fatal skydiving tour plane crash where five men died in Hanapepe.
Pilot Damien Horan, 30, originally from Ireland; brothers Marshall Cabe, 25, and Phillip Cabe, 27, of Lawton, Okla. who were the tandem jumpers; and instructors Enzo Amitrano, 43, of Koloa; and Wayne Rose, 26, of Hanapepe, died in the crash on the morning of May 23.
According to the report, a Cessna 182H was destroyed when it struck the ground shortly after takeoff from Port Allen Airport at about 9:22 a.m. The airplane was registered to and operated by D & J Air Adventures, Inc.
The aircraft took off about 9:21 a.m.
“Multiple witnesses reported that shortly after takeoff, about 150 feet above ground level, the airplane made a sudden right turn, descended, and impacted terrain,” the report said. The plane caught fire after it crashed.
Cisco Campos, 68, of Hanapepe told the Star-Advertiser he was fishing near the runway at Port Allen when he heard the engine sputter after the aircraft took off. At the end of the runway, he said, it appeared the plane attempted to turn around to head back toward the airport when the engine caught fire and the plane went straight down.
The wreckage was transported to a secured facility at the Lihue Airport for the ongoing investigation.
The final report on the fiery crash is expected to be released in 12 to 16 months.