Five Passengers and Pilot Safe After Hawaii Tour Helicopter Makes Hard Landing and Rolls Over

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March 6, 2020USshare
Five Passengers and Pilot Safe After Hawaii Tour Helicopter Makes Hard Landing and Rolls Over
This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Hawaii. (Dan Dennison/Hawaii DLNR via AP)

Hawaiian officials said six people suffered minor injuries when a tour helicopter made a hard landing and rolled over on March 5.

Officials said the crashed aircraft was as a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter and went down in a remote part of Hawaii’s Big Island after possible engine problems, KITV4 reported.

The flight departed from Hilo International Airport carrying five passengers and a pilot, the FAA said.

All six people got out of the helicopter on their own and were taken to a hospital, The Associated Press reported.

First responders found the helicopter on its side in tall grass in the Puna district near Leilani Estates, the Hawaii County Fire Department said in a news release.

The President of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Quentin Koch, said the tour helicopter was on a “Circle of Fire” near the Leilani Estates subdivision.

Leilani Estates is where lava bubbled up for months in 2018, and then spread across miles of land and destroyed more than 700 homes.

No more information was released, the FAA said they are investigating the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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