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Two Confirmed Dead Following Dillingham Crash

February 22, 2020, 10:56 AM HST
* Updated February 22, 4:46 PM
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File photo. Dillingham Air Field. Hawaii.gov photo.

Two men in their 60s have died following a plane crash at O’ahu’s Dillingham Airfield, officials confirmed.

According to a tweet from the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, the airfield has been closed after the crash

The tweet noted that emergency responders are on scene and federal investigators have been notified.

“It is with great sorrow that I express my deepest condolences to the victims’ families, friends and all of those touched by the tragic plane crash that occurred this morning near the Dillingham Airfield,” Gov. David Ige wrote in a statement.

“We thank the witnesses and emergency responders who converged on the scene to help.”

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On Twitter, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell offered his condolences to the loved ones of the victims.

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“I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of two people losing their lives in today’s crash. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims. Thank you to all the first responders on scene today. We are working with ME’s office to make sure family members are notified,” the tweet read.

Sen. Brian Schatz issued the following statement:

“Our hearts are with those affected by today’s tragic accident. It has become clear that Dillingham Airfield cannot continue to operate safely. Our obligation is to keep people safe, and the only way to do that is to keep the airfield closed. I urge the FAA and HDOT to shut down the airfield until they can guarantee safety of operations at Dillingham,” a press release read.

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