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None of 7 survived helicopter crash in Hawaiian island of Kauai

28 December, 2019 06:57

None of 7 survived helicopter crash in Hawaiian island of Kauai, according to Kauai Fire Department Battalion Chief Solomon Kanoho.

However, CNN report quoted officials as saying to have found remains of six out of seven persons in a touring helicopter that crashed in Hawaii.

The remains of six people on board a tour helicopter that crashed Thursday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai have been found.

None of 7 survived

Solomon Kanoho said it appears there were no survivors and the search for the seventh person on board has been suspended due to fog.  It will resume, he said.

The identities of the victims have not been released as authorities are still notifying relatives.

The debris was found in a remote area of a state park on the island’s northwest side, police said in a news release.
Kanoho said the passengers were from two families and one family was a group of four. Two of the passengers were children, officials have said.
The crash occurred along the usual route that the tour helicopters fly, Kanoho said. The helicopter went down about 13 miles north of the city of Hanapepe, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Multiple agencies, including the US Coast Guard, the US Navy and the Kauai Fire Department, were involved in searching for the helicopter. Other private helicopter companies aided in the search.

The last communication from the pilot came around 4:40 p.m. local time, about 40 minutes before the helicopter was due to return, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir told CNN on Friday. At that time, the aircraft was leaving Waimeia Canyon, Muir said.

Safari Helicopters has confirmed its helicopter was missing but declined to provide additional details.

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