Two killed when ultralight falls into bay
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Tragedy struck the waters off Kona last week, when the pilot and sole passenger aboard an ultralight aircraft crashed into Kealakekua Bay on Wednesday morning.
Police say 38-year-old Tedd Robert Hecklin, owner of Tedd’s Flying Adventures in Kailua-Kona, and his female passenger, 37-year-old Kathryn Grace Moran of Kailua-Kona, were recovered from the scene and pronounced dead at Kona Communtiy Hospital. Police say they were the only people on the flight.
Captain Mitch Kaufman, aboard the Captain Zodiac tour operation, was one of the first on the scene.
Police say autopsies conducted on the victims have determined that both died from “multiple traumatic injuries” from the fall.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.