Tragic Helicopter Crash in Hawaii Kills All On Board
HAWAII- Nbcmiami.com writes that a helicopter crashed in Hawaii, killing seven people, including three minors. The fatal accident is leading to increased governmental scrutiny of tour helicopters in the state.*
The aircraft was scheduled to fly over the Na Pali Coast, which is on the island of Kauai. The rugged area is famous for being the backdrop in “Jurassic Park.” The helicopter reportedly crashed into the top of a mountain.
The authorities located the site and recovered the remains of six out of seven of the victims. The missing individual is presumed dead. The force of the impact and damage to the helicopter led officials to declare that no one could have survived the accident.
Two families and the pilot were on board when the aircraft came down.
Government officials are criticizing the industry for failing to make safety its priority, claiming that rather than implementing safety improvements, the tourist aviation industry increased in volume. Some claim that the helicopters are going to more remote and dangerous locations, flying too low to the ground and taking off in any weather conditions. The allegedly hazardous practices are said to place passengers and citizens on the ground at risk.
The FAA disagrees, though, and stated that the administration monitors the helicopter industry regularly and that they do not have any concerns over the way it functions in general.
The authorities identified the pilot as a 69-year-old man, and two of the victims as a 47-year-old mother and her thirteen-year-old daughter from Madison, Wisconsin. Other victims included a ten-year-old girl and a thirteen-year-old girl from Switzerland. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there have been nine helicopter crashes in Hawaii in the last decade, as well as a skydiving plane crash that killed eleven people earlier this year.
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