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Good Samaritans help rescue plane crash victims

Heather Howard Heather Howard
John Howard John Howard
Jerome Williams Jerome Williams
George Aubert George Aubert
Rosemarie DeMars Rosemarie DeMars

By Leland Kim - bio | email

KALAELOA (KHNL) -  Good Samaritans help rescue three people after their single-engine plane crashes in Kalaeloa.  The three passengers were taken to the Queen's Medical Center; two in serious, and a third in critical condition.

Paramedics rush victims of the Kalaeloa plane crash to the hospital just before noon on Friday.

"And there was about three or four ambulances, fire chiefs, so I knew something was not right," said Heather Howard, a witness, who lives just blocks away from the crash site.

John Howard, 15, and Jerome Williams, 16, were cutting grass when it happened.

"Not that far from the houses," said John Howard, who attends Kapolei High School.  "It could've hit a house, hurt some more people, injured kids. Devastating."

"It's kind of scary because if it happened here, it would've been a lot more people hurt," said Williams, Howard's classmate.

A single-engine Piper Cherokee plane lost power while flying out of Kalaeloa Airport.  The pilot was practicing a maneuver called "touch and go."

Three people were in the plane: a man and a woman in the front, and a woman in the back.  Despite the plane landing upside down, they were all conscious and responsive when rescuers came up to them.

George Aubert and his mom Rosemarie DeMars saw the plane crash.

"I got on the phone, start calling," said DeMars, who is visiting her son from Dallas, Texas. "He went over to check on the people. We realized we needed to hurry and get them out."

"It was really instinct to get them out," said Aubert, an Army captain stationed at Schofield Barracks. "When you smell the gas, you just really want to get them away from the plane. You don't know what's going to happen."

They stayed with the victims until paramedics arrived.

"The biggest thing was, we could tell they were conscious, and just told them help was on the way," said Aubert.

Were you at any point worried about your safety because you guys smelled gas?" asked KHNL.

Yeah, that's my son," said DeMars. "As soon as he was getting them out, the engine's still on and there was a little bit of smoke.  Yeah, I was concerned. I was concerned for them. I was concerned for him."

But Aubert downplays his role in saving the victims' lives.

"Don't really think about it that way but really just helping another person out," he said.

And for people who live just blocks away from the crash site, they count their blessings.

"I think it's one of those things," said Heather Howard. "I say, we've never had any major problems down here so, I just hope everybody made it out all right."

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are on scene, looking into the crash.  As of Friday afternoon, one victim, a female, was in critical condition.  The other two were in serious condition.

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