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The Alarming Backstory Of A Fatal Hawaii King Air Crash

The pilot failed initial check rides and was said to fly aggressively at low level. And those are the least shocking parts of this story.


Note: This analysis is of an NTSB Preliminary Accident Report. Any conclusions on the probable cause or causes of the accident will be addressed when the Safety Board’s final report is released.

When it happened in June of 2019, TV news aired sensational claims about a fatal accident of a skydiving plane in Hawaii that killed 11 people. Based on the NTSB report, with its roughly 500-page docket, I learned that the news reports had more than a little basis in fact.

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