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Federal Aviation Administration reacts to crashes

Ian Gregor Ian Gregor

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -  Three aviation crashes in just one day.  That's more than some cities see in months, maybe even a year.  So, is this a concern for Hawaii? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says no.

Sirens.  A sound that's stunned Hawaii's aviation industry the last few years. In 2007, two commercial choppers crashed in Kauai, leaving this mangled mess.

Three died this past June on the Big Island, a pilot and two Japanese tourists, when their volcano tour turned tragic.

Three Coast Guard members lost their lives, a fourth body is still not yet recovered after a training mission in September went wrong.

Just weeks ago, a single engine plane up-ended in Kalaeloa; all three survived.  And now, three more incidents in the new year.

"They were different types of operations, different types of aircraft and pilots of varying experience," said FAA Spokesman Ian Gregor.

The FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigates accidents individually. But, when they happen so close in time, experts look for trends.

"Identify precursors to accidents to prevent accidents from happening. Rather than looking at accidents from a forensic, post-accident point of view," said Gregor.

So what if you're a passenger?  The FAA says there's no reason for hysteria or to be fearful of flying, because for the most part, flying is safe.

"The vast majority, you never hear about because everything goes as it should," said Gregor.

The FAA says these are isolated incidents and while their causes aren't determined yet, officials believe it's safe to call them a coincidental cluster of incidents.

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