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