Family: Minnesotan killed in Hawaii plane crash was set to leave the next day

Updated: June 25, 2019 06:10 PM

The family of a Minnesota man killed in a skydiving plane crash in Hawaii over the weekend is calling him an adventurous and curious person, and someone who appreciated the beauty of life.

On Monday night, the Honolulu Medical Examiner identified seven of the 11 people killed in the crash, including 28-year-old Nikolas Glebov of St. Paul.


His sister, Diana, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he was on a one-month break from research he was doing in Alaska and decided to spend the entire month in Hawaii. On what he planned to be his last day before returning to Alaska, Glebov got on the plane that would crash just after takeoff on the island of Oahu.

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Diana said she and Nikolas moved to the U.S. at a young age and grew up together. She said he wanted to be a pilot and planned to pursue that after his work finished in Alaska.

His sister said there were countless examples of his curiosity in life, from long distance ventures on his bicycle, to serving four years in the Air Force, to joining a federal research ship in Alaska.

While in Hawaii, he told his family, "I am not on a vacation in Hawaii, I am on an exploration of Hawaii," Diana said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the costs of his burial, which you can find here.

The crash was the worst U.S. civil aviation accident since 2011. Its cause remains under investigation.

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