Hospital officials: 16-year-old in tour chopper crash near Arizona Memorial dies

Hospital officials: 16-year-old in tour chopper crash near Arizona Memorial dies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 16-year-old boy involved in Thursday's helicopter crash near the Arizona Memorial has died, Pali Momi Medical Center officials said in a statement.

The chopper crashed just offshore of the Arizona Memorial visitors center. Five people were on board the tour chopper: The pilot and a family of four visiting from Canada.

Pali Momi said two other members, a 50-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, remain in stable condition at the hospital. Another family member was treated at another hospital and released. And the pilot, Ryan Rohner, was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center in serious condition.

In a statement Monday, Pali Momi said the 16-year-old's family has decided to donate his organs "so that (his) memory lives on."

The helicopter had been touring Waimea and was returning to Honolulu when it plunged into the water, to the disbelief of scores of visitors at the center.

After the crash, good Samaritans jumped into the 8-foot waters off the center's esplanade to help the passengers and pilot to shore.

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