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2 killed when plane bound for Hawaii crashes in Pacific Ocean off northern California


Authorities say two people were killed when a small plane bound for Hawaii crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from northern California

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 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.

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