Hawaiian Chopper Accident Being Investigated
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investing a chopper accident involving a family of four. The details are still being analyzed, with currently inconclusive results.
On Thursday morning, February 18, a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the water off the Arizona Memorial visitor center. The chopper had been flying over Waimea and returning to Honolulu, when the aircraft rapidly descended into the water. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation faults the pilot for failing to properly clear terrain during the rough weather.
The passengers included a 50-year old man, a 45-year-old woman, a 15-year-old, and another family member. The 15-year-old passenger was transported to Pali Momi Medical Center, where they are in critical condition. The family member was taken to the Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, where they were said to be in serious condition. The man and women are stable and were taken to Pali Momi. The pilot sustained serious injuries.
Many witnesses off Honolulu watched the chopper go down. Kind citizens jumped into the water to help the victims when the accident first occurred. One witness states,
It then hovered for a second and then started to descend. It was not spinning out of control, but it was dropping at a good rate. It narrowly missed the rocky edge and turned to its side. I saw people dive into the water to help.
A federal investigation is currently underway to salvage what can be found.
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