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Pennsylvania man confirms daughter died in tour helicopter crash on Molokai

Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel & Mike Abel Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel & Mike Abel
Mike Abel & Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel Mike Abel & Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel
Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel Nicole Bevilacqua-Abel
Nathan Cline (on right) Nathan Cline (on right)

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Pennsylvania man on Friday told Hawaii News Now that his daughter, Nicole Abel, formerly Nicole Bevilacqua, was killed in Thursday's tour helicopter crash on Molokai.

He declined further comment at this time.

Maui police say the Blue Hawaiian tour helicopter -- carrying a pilot, a newlywed couple from Pennsylvania and two people from Canada -- slammed into a hillside behind Kilohana Elementary School at about 12:15 PM Thursday. The flight had originated in Kahului, Maui.

Bevilacqua married Michael Abel last Saturday in Pittsburgh. They both worked as engineers at Westinghouse Nuclear.

"Clearly, this is a tragedy and everyone within the Westinghouse community is concerned and upset," Vaughn Gilbert, public relations manager, Westinghouse Nuclear, said. "These are two fine young people who worked for us."

"Everyone is sending their hearts and thoughts and prayers to the family," Gilbert continued. "Everyone spoke glowingly of them and, like I said, it's just a tragedy."

The pilot was identified Thursday as Nathan Cline, 30, of Kihei, Maui.

Authorities are withholding the names of the victims from Canada pending notification of family.

"Our sympathies are with the family and friends of the victims," Chris Plunkett, spokesperson, Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC, said. "The Canadian consulate in San Francisco has been notified, and along with our Australian counterparts in Honolulu, stand ready to provide consular assistance as required."

Police say the remains of all five victims have been recovered from the wreckage and will be transported to Maui. Autopsies will be scheduled.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive Saturday.


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