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Two dead after small plane crashes into Kealakekua Bay

This photo from Hecklin's website shows the actual aircraft involved in the fatal crash above Kealakekua Bay This photo from Hecklin's website shows the actual aircraft involved in the fatal crash above Kealakekua Bay

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Two people died Wednesday morning after a small plane crashed into Kealakekua Bay off the island of Hawaii. Police say 38-year-old Tedd Robert Hecklin, owner of Tedd's Flying Adventures in Kailua-Kona and his passenger, 37-year-old Kathryn Grace Moran of Kailua-Kona, were killed when the micro-light aircraft Hecklin was piloting plunged into the water.

The crash happened just after 9:30 AM. Witnesses said that the aircraft was making a turn when a loud popping sound was heard. They say the wing then folded up and the plane plummeted into the bay.

Several tour boats in the area rushed to the aid of the victims. Occupants of the vessels tried unsuccessfully to revive the pair through CPR. The victims were taken by boat to the Kealakekua boat ramp and then to Kona Community Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The model of the aircraft is an Airborne Outback XT-912 SST Tundra. The plane is also known as an airborne trike. Hecklin's website says Tedd's Flying Adventures has a 100% safety record. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents show the trike was built in 2009 and had no prior accidents.

Autopsies have been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. The FAA plans to be on the scene Thursday to investigate the crash.

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