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Oklahoma man killed in Hawaii plane crash

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Casey Williamson was one of the 11 victims killed in the plane crash in Oahu Friday Casey Williamson was one of the 11 victims killed in the plane crash in Oahu Friday

OAHU, Hawaii -- The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into Friday's plane crash that claimed eleven lives in Hawaii.

The twin engine skydiving plane crashed shortly after taking off from Dillingham Airfield on the island of Oahu. When firefighters arrived at the scene flames had already engulfed the wreckage.The crash is the deadliest accident involving a civil airplane since 2011.

Jennifer Homendy with NTSB says they are doing an extensive investigation to find out what happened, and that weight could have played a role. 

"The aircraft itself is outfitted for 13 people weight and balance has a factor in the safety of these operations," says Homendy, "and that's a calculation that needs to be made before a plane is operated and that is something that we will be looking at as part of this investigation."

 Brian Menhaden says his entire family is in disbelief after finding out his cousin, Casey Williamson, was one of the eleven victims of the crash.

"We're still shocked, we don't want it to be true," says Mendenhall. "The first thing that came to my mind everybody's mind was 'please don't let it be Casey,' but they confirmed it that he was on the plane. It was pretty sad and tough."

Medenhall says his cousin was a skydiving videographer, and tells KTEN he had an infectious smile and love for adventure.  "He had an adventurous heart," says Mendenhall, "he did tandem skydiving and that's what he loved to do - that was his passion." 

Williamson grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma. He was an only child and his mom still lives around the Oklahoma City area. He has other family spread across Sherman, Gainesville and North Texas.

Mendenhall says he just saw his cousin two weeks ago at a family reunion. "We hung out the whole weekend and had some good times, and we laughed and he went back to Hawaii, and the next thing you know this happens. It's very tragic," says Mendenhall.

Williamson's family created the hashtag "Love Like Casey" (#lovelikecasey) to remember him and keep his memory alive.  "He showed everyone how to love, how to be an amazing person, and if we can all love like Casey, we would understand true happiness the way he lived, and he lived happy," Mendenhall added. 

The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report in ten to 14 days.

There is also a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Casey's funeral. 

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