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  • Kauai Helicopter Crsah

    By MATT SEDENSKY
    Associated Press Writer
    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A tour helicopter crashed Wednesday on the
    Hawaiian island of Kauai, killing all five people on board,
    including a woman who survived several hours as rescue crews tried
    to get her off the cloud-covered mountainside, authorities said.
    The woman and her male companion, another couple, and the pilot
    of the Bell 206B helicopter died in the crash, said fire Battalion
    Chief Mitchell Ikeda. No names were released.
    The helicopter's wreckage was spotted around noon at about 4,300
    feet on Mount Waialeale, authorities said. The chopper went down in
    a crater on the peak's eastern face known as the rainiest spot on
    earth.
    Rescue personnel Wednesday afternoon tried to have the injured
    survivor airlifted from the steep crash site, but clouds covered
    the mountain and prevented an evacuation, officials said.
    The FAA said the cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.
    Officials from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board
    were expected to arrive on Kauai as early as Wednesday afternoon to
    investigate.
    The helicopter was three hours late in returning from an
    hour-long sightseeing trip on Kauai, which is west of Oahu in the
    island chain, said Donn Walker, a spokesman for the Federal
    Aviation Administration in Los Angeles. The chopper left Lihue,
    about 110 miles northwest of Honolulu, at 8:03 a.m.
    Walker said the pilot had been given a weather briefing from the
    FAA, with no adverse conditions noted.
    Officials said the aircraft, built in 1975, was owned by Jack
    Harter Helicopters. The chopper service's ad in the Yellow Pages
    says that it has a "perfect safety record."
    The pilot was required to file a flight plan with the helicopter
    service, but the company did not immediately say whether such
    paperwork was received. No flight plan was required by the FAA.
    It was the second fatal helicopter crash in Hawaii in six weeks.
    On June 15, a sightseeing helicopter crashed on Hawaii's Big Island
    near the Kilauea Volcano, killing four people.

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