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Chopper makes hard landing in Nuuanu after reporting engine failure

Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 1:51 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A helicopter made a hard landing in Nuuanu on Tuesday, prompting an emergency response.

There were no reports of injuries.

The FAA said the pilot of the Hughes 369D (tail number N58251) reported engine failure while performing utility work in the area and made an emergency landing in mountainous terrain.

The incident happened about noon, and firefighters and paramedics responded.

The FAA said the pilot was the only person onboard the chopper.

Hawaiian Electric said the helicopter was transporting utility materials near the Nuuanu Reservoir off Pali Highway when it lost power and made the hard landing.

HECO employees in the area were at a safe distance when the chopper came down.

Shayne Enright, of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, said the initial call for the incident was a downed aircraft. “Getting that call gets your heart racing,” she said.

“Everyone was getting to the scene, fire, EMS, police. Fortunately, we got news pretty quickly that there was only one person on board ― the pilot ― and that the pilot was in good shape.”

She said the chopper had earlier had workers in the area on board.

“Thankfully, none of those workers were onboard at the time” of the hard landing, she said.

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