38 years ago, another deadly skydiving plane crash threw Hawaii into mourning

Updated: Jun. 22, 2019 at 7:09 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In December 1981, a plane carrying skydivers who planned to parachute into Aloha Stadium crashed into shallow waters at Pearl Harbor.

Just like Friday’s plane crash at Dillingham Airfield, 11 people were killed.

There were actually 12 people on board that 1981 flight.

The lone survivor suffered serious injuries, while the bodies of those killed were recovered by rescue divers following the crash.

The parachutists on the plane were scheduled to jump into nearby Aloha Stadium ahead of a UH vs. University of South Carolina football game.

Reports said weather conditions forced them to cancel the jump. Minutes later, the twin-engine Beechcraft Delta 18 pancaked onto a reef in just 3 feet of water off Ford Island.

The last radio transmission from the pilot to air traffic control was that he was climbing to 3,500 feet in preparation for the jump.

The islands have also seen several other notable skydiving-related crashes over the years.

Among the most recent: In 2016, five people were killed when a Cessna 182H, operated by Skydive Kauai, crashed at Port Allen Airport on Kauai.

The NTSB concluded that engine power loss contributed to the crash.

This story will be updated.

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