Operators of skydiving plane that crashed had been given cease-and-desist notice

Operators of skydiving plane that crashed had been given cease-and-desist notice
Eleven people were killed Friday when a skydiving aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The company that operated the skydiving plane that crashed last month at the Dillingham Airfield, killing 11 people, had fallen out of good standing with the agency that govern Hawaii’s airports and had been asked to resolve its issues before continuing to fly.

The uncertainty of Oahu Parachute Center’s operating status does not appear to be related to flight or parachutist safety.

Instead, the documents indicate that the company was ‘not in good standing’ with the state’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs because it was behind on taxes, rents or other obligations.

[Read more: Family, friends mourn 11 killed in one of Hawaii’s worst civil aviation disasters]

State laws prevent the Department of Transportation from renting space at airports to companies that are not in good standing with other state agencies.

According to state officials, George Rivera, the owner of Oahu Parachute Center, was mailed a list of documents on June 5 that would be required for submission before the company could be issued another revocable permit for skydiving operations.

The request for documents included tax clearance certificates, copies of the aircraft inspection records, and proof of commercial liability insurance. The company was given 30 days to submit the documents to the Department of Transportation.

But three weeks after that letter was sent ― and five days after the fatal crash ― the state sent notice to the company that it was evicted from the property and given five days to remove all property.

This story may be updated.

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