NTSB, FAA Investigating Another Hawaiian Tour Helicopter Crash (Hawaii News Now)

NTSB, FAA Investigating Another Hawaiian Tour Helicopter Crash

  Thursday, June 9th, 2022 Source: Hawaii News Now

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a tour helicopter crash on a remote Hawaii Island lava field that sent the pilot and five passengers to the hospital on Wednesday.

The NTSB said the helicopter departed Kona International Airport on a sightseeing tour around 5 p.m. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. near Ka Lae.

Two people, including a 19-year-old woman, were seriously injured in the crash. Meanwhile, authorities said the pilot was trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated.

The 19-year-old was airlifted to Kona Community Hospital while the rest were taken by ambulance.

They included: Two other women in their teens, a 23-year-old man, a 48-year-old man and a 54-year-old man. Their conditions ranged from stable to serious. The chopper belongs to Paradise Helicopters, which identified the craft as a Bell 407.

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