Type to search

News

All 7 Passengers Killed In Hawaii Tour Helicopter Crash

Share

Based on what investigators said Hawaii tour helicopter crash last week caused killing all its seven passengers when the helicopter burst into flames after crashing a cliff at about 2,900 feet.

The helicopter crashed into a ridge on Thursday about 25 minutes after taking off from Lihue Airport, the agency said in a news release. It then fell about 100 feet and was engulfed in flames.

The missing Hawaii helicopter, which was run by Safari Helicopters, had an electronic locator, but officials did not receive a signal from it, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir told.

Local police handed over the investigation to the NTSB last week after suspending recovery efforts for the crash.

“A post-crash fire consumed much of the aircraft,” the NTSB told in an investigative update about Hawaii tour helicopter crash. “In the coming days, the wreckage will be moved to a secure location where investigators will conduct a more thorough examination of the recovered evidence. Details and timing are still being worked out.”


Related: Houston Helicopter Crash: 1 Police Officer Died


Destined of Hawaii Tour Helicopter

The helicopter’s commercial pilot and six passengers were passed away in Thursday’s crash. It was set to tour the Na Pali Coast, the picturesque and remote northern shoreline of Kauai that was featured in the film “Jurassic Park.”

Tuesday, Kauai Police approved they still hadn’t recovered the last set of remains from the wreckage but did publish the names of four previously unknown victims, a family from Switzerland that involved 50-year-old Sylvie Winteregg, 49-year-old Christophe Winteregg, 13-year-old Alice Winteregg, and 10-year-old Agathe Winteregg.

The helicopter was piloted by 69-year-old Wailua resident Paul Matero, who had been flying helicopters on Kauai for 12 years and for about 40 years. Besides aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash were Wisconsin visitors Amy Gannon, 47, and her girl Jocelyn, 13.

Hawaii tour helicopter crash caused killing all its seven passengers
Image: Daily Mail

The multi-agency Kauai response team found six bodies from the wreckage on Dec 27 and, by the end of the day, declared no survivors of the crash. Tuesday, KPD confirmed that declaration stating, “Due to the nature of the crash and impact damage, Kauai police have confirmed that there are no survivors.”

Complicated search for the Helicopter

The helicopter company, recognized as Safari Helicopters, contacted the Coast Guard on Thursday evening after the tour did not return to the airport as scheduled. A search began but steep terrain, low visibility, choppy seas, and rain complicated the search.

Company representatives didn’t quickly return phone and email messages Tuesday. The pilot’s commercial pilot certificate would have had limitations on flying at night and more than 50 nautical miles. Sanger said those limitations wouldn’t have been issues in the crash. The flight departed Lihue Airport at 4:31 p.m. and hit at about 4:57 p.m.

That preliminary announcement likely won’t include findings of probable cause of the crash or safety recommendations; that information will be included in the final report published at the end of the research.

Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck commended the work of Kauai’s multi-agency team on Tuesday, highlighting the rough terrain all responders and researchers are continually trying to recover the wreckage.

“I cannot put into words just how remote and steep the terrain is where this tragic incident occurred but everyone has been working together nonstop, especially in hopes of attempting to provide some semblance of closure for the families,” Raybuck stated.

Tags:

You Might also Like

7 Comments

  1. Elvira January 11, 2020

    Superb, what a weblog it is! This weblog provides useful information to us,
    keepp itt up.

    Reply
  2. Wendell January 14, 2020

    Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

    Reply
  3. Vanessa February 5, 2020

    Hey there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to
    my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from
    this site.

    Reply
  4. Mohammed February 9, 2020

    fantastic submit, very informative. I’m wondering why the othe experts of this sector don’t understand this.
    You must contibue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    Reply
  5. dog grooming near me February 14, 2020

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very
    soon!

    Reply
  6. Andres February 16, 2020

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites
    really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site
    to come back in the future. All the best

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.