HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The parents of Marshall and Phillip Cabe are suing the parent company of Skydive Kauai, D&J Air Adventures, Inc. after a fiery crash that killed their sons on May 23.
The two Oklahoma brothers were among five people killed when the engine of the plane failed shortly after takeoff.
Their father, Michael Cabe, who does work as a contractor on Kauai, was on the ground watching as his sons celebrated their recent graduation from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
"He was expecting to watch his sons do the skydiving. Before they got that high, the engine failed, the plane crashed and Mike was having to go to the burning Cessna 182, and try to pull his two sons out and give them CPR to try to keep them alive. They both died. This lawsuit is going to hopefully find out why the engine failed," says Honolulu Attorney Rick Fried who represents the family.
Fried says the NTSB investigation could take a year, and this lawsuit allows them to start their own investigation immediately.
Fried cited a Hawaii News Now story a few days after the crash, in which previous employees of Skydive Kauai felt the plane, known as 'Sharkey', because of the painting on the nose, was unsafe. The employees say they asked to see maintenance records of 'Sharkey' but were denied. Fried says he plans on interviewing the people Hawaii News Now spoke with as part of their independent investigation.
Pilot Damien Horan and skydiving instructors Enzo Amitrano and Wayne Rose also died in the crash.
We did try to contact Skydive Kauai to see if anyone from the company or parent company, D&J Air Adventures, Inc. could comment on the lawsuit. We got voice mail and the recording said the mailbox was full and could not accept new messages.