Friends, family remember those killed in Kauai plane crash
HANAPEPE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The five people killed in Monday's Skydive Kauai plane crash included two brothers, a pilot who had recently moved to the islands, and a skydiving instructor who leaves behind a twin sister.
In emotional social media posts and interviews, friends and families remembered the victims of the plane crash, which happened shortly after takeoff from Port Allen Airport.
Among those killed were two brothers visiting from Oklahoma.
Marshall and Phillip Cabe had recently graduated with degrees in sports management from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., HNN's sister station KSWO reported. Phillip Cabe graduated in December 2015, according to fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma. Marshall Cabe graduated in 2014.
Eyewitnesses said they believe their family members saw the plane crash.
On social media, friends remembered the two as warm and outgoing. A friend of the brothers who set up a GoFundMe account said the two were "great people who will be genuinely missed."
Steve Latour, Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity chief executive officer, said in a statement Tuesday that the brothers had a "profound impact" on their fellow students.
The plane was also carrying skydiving instructors Enzo Amitrano and Wayne Rose, and a pilot who has been identified by friends and family on social media as Damien Jimmy Horan, who is originally from Ireland and had recently moved to the islands.
Amitrano, 43, was described as a fun and outgoing husband, brother and friend.
"He was just the kind of guy who was easy to get along with," said his brother, Marco. "He was really outgoing, super-friendly. It's like one of those really charismatic personalities that would draw people in. He was always the center of groups he was in."
Amitrano, who spent years working as a skydiving instructor in Chicago, is survived by his wife.
According to their wedding website, Amitrano proposed to his wife, Shannon, after their ninth jump together. The couple, who reportedly share the same birthday, were featured in The Garden Island newspaper after their home nearly burnt down while they were on their honeymoon.
Rose, the other tandem instructor on the flight, was 27 years old, family said.
His twin sister, Autumn Rose, wrote on Facebook that he was "kind, genuine, smart, funny, fearless, and full of life and love."
"Our hearts are broken and life will never be the same," she said. "My twin brother was my hero. He chased his dreams and never settled for an ordinary life."
He is also survived by his wife, Kaela Lynn Rose, and his parents.
Horan, the pilot, was being remembered on social media Wednesday as a genuine and warm person.
"My heart feels like it's shattered into a million pieces," one friend wrote.
The Skydive Kauai plane had just taken off about 9:30 a.m. Monday when it ran into trouble.
A witness said he could hear the engine sputtering, and saw the plane beginning to turn back toward the airport when the engines cut out and the aircraft burst into flames.
The crash sent plumes of heavy smoke into the air, and sparked a small brush fire. The NTSB is investigating the crash.
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