NTSB: ‘Unusual weather pattern’ reported before tour chopper crash on Kauai that killed 7

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Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 5:33 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 5:56 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Federal investigators said low visibility was reported when a helicopter crashed on Kauai two years ago, killing seven people.

A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board said “an unusual weather pattern” brought fog and rain, hindering visibility when a helicopter was touring the Na Pali Coast in December 2019.

Officials said the aircraft crashed into the mountainside, killing all members onboard — including the pilot, Paul Matero, and six passengers who were visiting the island.

A toxicology report did not find drugs in the pilot’s system.

There is still no word on what caused the crash.

NTSB said a final report will be released at a later date.


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