Family told it may take weeks for plane crash answers
THE families of two New Zealanders killed in a fiery Queensland plane crash have been told by air accident investigators to wait for more than three weeks for answers.
Joseph King, 32, and his fiancee Rahi Hohua, 27, were among five people killed on Saturday when the skydiving plane they were in crashed in flames at Caboolture airfield, 50km north of Brisbane.
The aircraft took off and had barely left the runway when it veered left and hit the ground.
The King family are coming to terms with the tragedy.
A church service is being held at uncle Maurice's home in Manurewa this afternoon before he flies to Australia on Monday night.
Joey's uncle, Maurice King, 53, is the family spokesman.
He has already been in communication with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau who have told him that the investigation will take "three weeks, if not more''.
"I've got a contact person over there who'll be meeting me tomorrow,'' Maurice said.
"We'll be going through their procedures and be going through what I can be doing as a family member.
"There's lots of things to do over there, not just the crash.
"I'll go and see Rahi's family members and her two kids.
"And we need to think about the others that were involved in the crash as well, not just Joe and Rahi. Our condolences go out to them as well.''
Couple killed in Caboolture crash 'consumed by love'
A LOGAN couple killed in a tragic plane crash at Caboolture were 'consumed by love' and planning to marry, the woman's distraught brother says.
The former Auckland man also confessed he was as "nervous as hell" about a skydive in shortly before he and his Kiwi fiancee were killed in a fiery plane crash, leaving behind their six children.
"So I woke up this morning nervous as hell about the sky diving today. I'm about to conquer my greatest fear. I love everyone lol," wrote 32-year-old father of four Joseph King on his Facebook page on Saturday morning.
His mates told him to stay strong and wished him luck. Others joked around as Mr King, known as Joey, wrote one of his last posts: "Bye everyone lol where off (sic)".
The farewell proved prescient.
Mr King and his fiancee Rahi Hohua, 27, were among five people killed on Saturday when the skydiving plane they were in crashed in flames at Caboolture airfield, 50km north of Brisbane.
It had barely left the runway before it veered left and plunged to the ground.
As the bad news spread, messages on Mr King's Facebook page turned into despair: "Cuz hope it wasn't you's on that plane! Let us know you alguds," wrote one friend.
Then came messages of love as the bad news was confirmed.
Ms Hohua, a mother of two children and originally from Hamilton, and Mr King, who hailed from Manurewa, lived in Logan, Queensland.
They had been together for more than two years and planned to marry, Ms Hohua's brother Inia Hohua told reporters at Caboolture airfield.
"Honestly, words fail and it's just crushing," he said. He described his sister and her fiance as "beautiful".
"They were consumed by love. If you knew them you would have seen it," he said.
"I know people always say they were awesome but it's not just because she was my sister.
"We're holding up all right - we're still letting it all sink in but we're all together in this and it's changed my life today, crazy.
"Just cherish your family, cherish everything every second a chance you've got because not in my wildest dreams would I have thought this would have happened.
"We love you Rahi and Joey."
Mr Hohua said family members had rushed to the crash scene and were supporting each other.
Before taking off Ms Hohua and Mr King exchanged excited Facebook messages about the planned skydive, a gift from Ms Hohua to Mr King.
Yesterday their friends took to social media to express their grief.
Benji Minogue wrote on Mr Hohua's page: "Inia, we are so shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of these beautiful young people."
"Rahi and Joey have left strong impressions on our hearts and we are blessed and all the more richer for having known them, and sharing good times with them."
A fund has been set up to support the children of Rahuia Hohua and Joey King. Donate to ANZ account BSB: 014 506 ACN: 481 393 377
The Cessna 206 they were travelling in was run by Adrenalin Skydivers. Those dead included instructors Glenn Norman and Jurag Glesk, who had done thousands of jumps.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said investigators will examine the wreckage, interview witnesses and study the weather to try to discover what went wrong.
What happened to the plane?
* The Cessna takes off just after 11.30am local time.
* It gets to the end of the runway and lifts off.
* As it reaches 100ft to 200ft off the ground, it banks sharply to the left before plunging to the ground.
* All five people on board are killed.