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Police: Ultralight crash victims died from multiple traumatic injuries

Tedd Hecklin Tedd Hecklin
Kathryn Moran Kathryn Moran

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii County medical examiner has concluded autopsies on two people who were killed in a Wednesday morning ultralight plane crash off Kealakekua Bay. The medical examiner determined that pilot Tedd Hecklin and passenger Kathryn Moran died from multiple traumatic injuries when the "aerial trike" tour aircraft they were flying in experienced problems and plunged into the water.

Both Hecklin and Moran were newcomers to Hawaii. 38-year-old Tedd Hecklin closed his heavy equipment business last year in Reno and moved to the Big Island. He founded Tedd's Flying Adventures and piloted tours on the ultralight aircraft.

Moran was celebrating her 37th birthday when the plane went down. Friends say she moved to the Big Island a couple of years ago, looking for a fresh start after her mother's death.

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined. The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the aircraft's insurance company to get the wreckage out of the water. Once that happens, crash investigators can begin their examination.

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