Tour chopper makes hard landing on Big Island, sending 6 to hospital

Updated: Mar. 5, 2020 at 5:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities are investigating after a tour helicopter made a hard landing in Puna on Thursday and rolled over.

The pilot and five passengers onboard were taken to the hospital.

Their condition was not immediately available, but they did not appear to be badly injured.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. in a wooded area off Highway 130 and Alalii Road.

The FAA identified the helicopter as Eurocopter EC130 and said it reportedly had engine problems before the hard landing.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which owns the chopper, said everyone on board was able to get out of the aircraft safely.

“The helicopter had launched from the Hilo base on the ‘Circle of Fire’ tour,” said Blue Hawaiian President Quentin Koch.

“The safety of our passengers and pilot are our always top priority, and the pilot’s decision to safely land the aircraft is always the right decision.”

This story will be updated.

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