7 People Missing After Tour Helicopter in Hawaii Vanishes

By Jeremy Del Nero on 27 December 2019
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A tour helicopter carrying six passengers and a pilot was reported missing late Thursday in Kauai, an island in Hawaii.

The helicopter had been conducting a tour of the island’s Napali Coast and was due back at 5:21 p.m. local time.

The Coast Guard said it began a search after the owner of the helicopter company reported the missing aircraft at 6:06 p.m., adding that weather may have been a factor.

“The weather conditions are challenging,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu.  “We have trained crews responding and on scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and those aboard,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox, Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu.

The Coast Guard said that the helicopter has an electronic locator on board but no signal has been received.  Helicopter tours are common on the island of Kauai, which is northwest of Oahu, the island on which Honolulu is located.

Such crashes are not uncommon in Hawaii. In April, a tour helicopter crashed in Honolulu county, leaving all three passengers and crewmembers dead.  In June, all 11 people on board a skydiving plane were killed when the aircraft crashed north of Honolulu.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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