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    VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) - A sightseeing helicopter flying over an
    active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano crashed into rugged terrain,
    killing the pilot and all three passengers.
    The pilot of the Hughes 500 reported engine problems before the
    helicopter fell straight down Sunday and "pancaked" into an old
    lava flow, said Tweet Coleman, the Federal Aviation
    Administration's Pacific representative.
    Lava got as close as 50 feet from the crash site before crews
    were able to remove all the debris, said Jim Gale, a ranger at
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
    The helicopter owned by Tropical Helicopters was on a tour of
    the Kilauea eruption when it crashed about two miles from Chain of
    Craters Road, at the 600-foot level on a cliff known as Pulama
    Pali, Gale said. It wasn't immediately known how close the crash
    site was to active lava flows.
    The bodies of the victims were recovered Sunday as park rescue
    personnel conducted an investigation at the crash scene, Gale said.
    Their names were being withheld pending notification of family
    members. Coleman said all three passengers were tourists from York,
    Pa.
    Park dispatch had received a "mayday" distress call from the
    pilot before losing radio contact, Gale said.
    A park firefighting helicopter working in the area confirmed the
    crash a short time later, and dropped buckets of water on the crash
    site fire, he said.
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    On the Net:
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
    http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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