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Updated 6:42 pm PDT, Monday, June 24, 2019

This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving crash in Oahu, Hawaii. No one aboard survived the crash, which left a small pile of smoky wreckage near the chain link fence surrounding Dillingham Airfield about an hour north of Honolulu. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP) Photo: AP / National Transportation Safety Board This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving crash in Oahu, Hawaii. No one aboard survived the crash, which left a small pile of smoky wreckage near the chain link fence surrounding Dillingham Airfield about an hour north of Honolulu. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP) less This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving ... more Photo: AP photo

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This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving crash in Oahu, Hawaii. No one aboard survived the crash, which left a small pile of smoky wreckage near the chain link fence surrounding Dillingham Airfield about an hour north of Honolulu. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP) less This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving ... more Photo: AP

The Latest: Colorado couple among those on Hawaii flight

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a fatal plane crash in Hawaii (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Colorado couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary were among those killed in the skydiving plane crash in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office said Monday Ashley and Bryan Weikel were among the 11 on board the plane.

Relatives told KCNC-TV that the couple were excited to go skydiving, but Weikel's mother, Kathy Reed-Gerk, begged him not to go.

Bryan's brother Kenneth Reed said he texted his brother multiple times after the scheduled jump time for an update but grew worried when he didn't hear back after 15 hours.

He said he went online to search for skydiving in Hawaii and immediately saw a headline about the crash and said he realized what happened.

On Facebook, Reed said his brother was "the absolute best person in the world" and that his wife also was, calling her his "identical soul mate."

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3:20 p.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner is releasing the names of seven of the 11 people killed when a skydiving plane crashed in Hawaii.

They include Joshua Drablos, a 27-year-old resident of Virginia who was stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Navy, and Nikolas Glenov, a 28-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota.

A couple in their 20s, Ashley and Bryan Weikel of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was on the plane.

There were three Hawaii residents among the seven: Daniel Herndon, Michael Martin and Jordan Tehero.

The identities of the remaining four victims will be released once they have been confirmed.

There were 10 men and one woman among the victims.

The plane crashed Friday shortly after it took off from Dillingham Airfield on the northern side of Oahu Island.

The crash was the worst U.S. civil aviation accident since 2011.

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3 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has implemented a number of changes to addresses National Transportation Safety Board recommendations regarding the safety of skydiving flights.

The FAA said Monday it requires safety inspectors to increase their monitoring of parachute operations. It says it revised safety guidance for parachute operators and increased safety outreach to the parachuting community.

The FAA issued its statement after NTSB member Jennifer Homendy told a news conference that her agency recommended more than a decade ago that the FAA tighten rules on skydiving but that it hadn't acted on those recommendations.

Homendy says those rules involved pilot training, aircraft maintenance and inspection, and oversight.

The remarks come after a skydiving plane crashed and burned in Hawaii on Friday, killing all 11 people on board.

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2 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says he's not immediately able to comment on the National Transportation Safety Board's demand that his agency strengthen skydiving regulations.

Gregor says he's reviewing the NTSB's 2008 recommendations to his agency that it strengthen skydiving regulations and studying his agency's responses to those recommendations. He says he isn't immediately able to comment as a result.

NTSB member Jennifer Homendy told a news conference that her agency recommended more than a decade ago that the FAA tighten rules on skydiving pilot training, aircraft maintenance and inspection, and oversight.

But Homendy says the FAA hasn't acted on those recommendations.

She made her remarks after a skydiving plane crashed in Hawaii on Friday and killed all 11 people on board.

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1:50 p.m.

The Navy says a 27-year-old sailor was among those killed when a skydiving plane crashed shortly after takeoff of Oahu's North Shore.

The Navy says in a news release that Lt. Joshua Drablos was confirmed to have been on the twin-engine plane when it crashed Friday, killing all 11 people on board.

The Navy says Drablos was "an invaluable member" of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, based in Kunia, Hawaii.

The release lists Maryland as Drablos' home of record.

The Navy did not immediately respond to requests for further information.

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1:15 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it's putting the Federal Aviation Administration on notice that it must tighten its regulations governing parachute operations after a skydiving plane in Hawaii crashed and killed all 11 people on board.

NTSB member Jennifer Homendy told a news conference on Monday that her agency recommended to the FAA in 2008 that it boost regulations on pilot training, aircraft maintenance and inspection, and FAA oversight.

But Homendy says the FAA hasn't acted on those recommendations.

The FAA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The plane crashed Friday evening just inside the perimeter fence of an airfield on the north shore of Oahu island.

Federal officials have said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

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10:15 a.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has completed autopsies for the 11 people killed when a skydiving plane crashed and burned in Hawaii.

City spokesman Andrew Pereira says the cause of death for each victim was multiple blunt force injuries due to the plane crash.

There were 10 men and one woman on board the plane.

Pereira says the medical examiner may make public the identities of some of the victims on Monday.

The plane crashed Friday evening just inside the perimeter fence of an airfield on the north shore of Oahu island.

Federal officials have said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

— This version corrects that the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, not that it was returning to the airfield.

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9:35 a.m.

The father of a man killed in a skydiving plane crash last weekend in Hawaii said his son was passionate about skydiving and jumped as much as he could because he wanted to be a skydiving videographer.

Garret Tehero (TAY'-hare-oh) said Monday that 23-year-old Jordan Tehero of Kauai island was among the 11 people who died in Friday's crash at a small seaside airport about an hour north of Honolulu. Officials have not made public the identities of the victims.

The father says his son took up skydiving a few years ago as a distraction from a relationship breakup.

Garret Tehero says his son then "went and fell in love" with the sport. Jordan Tehero went on to get his skydiving certificate in California.

The father describes his son as a friendly person who loved life and was a devout Christian who prayed before every flight.

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12 a.m.

Officials are still at the scene of Friday's deadly skydiving plane crash in Hawaii.

Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu's North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011.

The same plane sustained substantial damage to its tail section in a 2016 accident while carrying skydivers over Northern California.

Repairs were then made to get the plane back into service, National Transportation Safety Board officials said at a news conference Sunday.

Officials say the plane was equipped to carry 13 people.

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