According to authorities, two people were killed when a light plane en route to Hawaii crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from northern California
HALF MOON BAY, California – Two people were killed when a light plane en route to Hawaii crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from northern California, federal officials said Sunday.
The Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter crashed in the water about 40 miles (64 km) off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California, around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.
The U.S. Coast Guard found the submerged aircraft “and confirmed that the pilot and co-pilot sustained fatal injuries,” the statement said. They were the only people on board, officials said.
The turboprop plane was en route from Santa Rosa, Sonoma County north of San Francisco to Honolulu, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
According to Viking Air’s website, the DHC-6-400 Twin Otter is a 19-passenger multirole aircraft.
The crews work to recover the plane. The NTSB and FAA administration will investigate.
Half Moon Bay is a coastal community approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of San Francisco.