But the Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted Saturday that officials later “confirmed there were 11 people on board the plane” and no survivors.
“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told reporters. “The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”
Neves said the names of the passengers are known but are being withheld, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Some surviving family members were at the tower, he said.
The crash was reported at 6:24 p.m.. and the fire was under control within 20 minutes, fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua told the newspaper.
“It is very difficult. In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident we’ve had," Neves told reporters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.