Double Helicopter Crash on Kauai
What: Heli-Usa helicopter
Where: Kauai, Hawaii
When: 03 10, 2007, 1:05 pm
Who: four fatalities, 3 injuries
Why: As a tour was ending, after experiencing hydraulic problems, a helicopter crashed at the the northwest end of Princeville airport a hundred yards from the terminal. A description of the wreckage indicated that the front of the helicopter was torn off, the tail was snapped off, and the rotors were broken. First responders attempted to save the four fatalities.
The pilot who had 10,000 hours on that helicopter died in the crash.
Four injured were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. One died en route.
Nine miles away….
What: Smokey Mountain Helicopters out of Delaware. It’s the parent company of Inter-Island Helicopter
Where: North shore of Kauai, Hawaii
When: 1:05 pm
Who: five aboard, one fatality, four injuries.
Why: The pilot heard a loud bang, and lost control of the helicopter, which fell down in a spiral formation on to a Hanalei campsite
The debris field is spread from the ocean to the beach. A dive team will be searching the ocean for the tail rotor, gear box and drive shaft which were flung afield. Witnesses extricated survivors out of the wreckage