NTSB releases preliminary report on Downtown chopper crash

SOURCE: James Anshutz Photography
SOURCE: James Anshutz Photography

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A helicopter crash in downtown Honolulu earlier this month was caused by a total loss of engine power, according to a preliminary report released by the National Traffic and Safety Board on Thursday.

The report details the moments leading up the accident, saying that the pilot slowed the speed of the helicopter just before losing engine power to help facilitate a photographer who was taking photos of Punchbowl. The chopper was about 3,000 above ground level at the time of the engine failure.

After losing power, the report says the pilot entered an "autorotation" and maneuvered the helicopter to land on a one-way street below that had no wires in the flight path. Once the chopper landed, it skid along the roadway and collided with a parked car.

The wreckage was taken to a hangar for further examination, according to the report.

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