HONOLULU — A man who was involved in a terrifying 2016 skydiving accident on the same plane that crashed and killed 11 people in Hawaii on Friday says he wishes he could have done more to prevent the tragedy. “Frankly I was just upset. I was extremely upset,” Achal Asawa, 29, an experienced skydiver from the San Francisco Bay area, told The Associated Press on Monday. “The first thing that came to my mind was could there have been anything else I could have done back then to prevent this from happening in Hawaii.” Asawa was aboard the same plane three years ago when it stalled and went into a spinning nosedive. He and several other skydivers were able to open the door and jump to safety. Asawa said skydiving is generally safe, but participants need to be able to trust the aircrafts they fly in. “When any skydiver is getting on a plane we are assuming that the plane is going to function as it is expected to,” Asawa said. “That assumption is based on the trust we place on the government and whoever is responsible for making sure that these planes are functioning.” He hopes that the accident… Read full this story
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