A sky-diving instructor tragically killed in plane crash that claimed 11 lives has been pictured for the first time.
Passengers and crew were killed on Friday evening when their plane crashed near an airfield in Hawaii during a skydiving trip.
One of those who lost their life was Casey Williamson.
The 29-year-old had moved to Hawaii at the beginning of 2018 to focus on skydiving full time, finding work at the Oahu Parachute Centre.
He made his first jump two-and-a-half-years ago, and worked at the skydiving center filming customers as they jumped from the plane.
“Casey Williamson was one of a kind who lived life to the fullest,” his family said in a statement.
“He was a free spirited lover of life and people. He was a friend to all he met. His smile and love for life was contagious. Our family will not be the same without our sweet Casey.”
Also on board the plane when it went down was instructor Larry Lemaster.
The army veteran had more than 3,000 jumps under his belt.
His wife Anna Elkins wrote on Facebook : “I don’t have an explanation for the utter tragedy that has happened,’ Elkins’ emotional post began.
“Today is the worst day of my life. My son has lost his father.
“But Larry Lemaster would never want one person to waste a single minute of their life mourning his. He was doing what he loved. We spoke about this on many occasions.”
Instructor Mike Martin was also named among the group that included a married Colarado couple, a 28-year-old man from Oregon and six Oahu Parachute Centre workers.
The twin-engine King Air plane went down soon after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield.
There were no surviviors.
The fire service said the aircraft was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.
“We are still gathering information as to the intent of the flight and what they were doing,” Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel Neves told a news conference.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) said Federal inspectors are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
Dillingham is a joint-use airfield operated by the HDOT under a 25-year lease from the U.S. army, according to its website.