Honolulu Helicopter Crash: 16-Year-Old Boy Critically Injured, Passengers Hospitalized
A tourist helicopter crashed into the water body near the USS Arizona Memorial Honolulu on Thursday.Advertisement
The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. The Genesis Aviation chopper, carrying five passengers, crash landed into the water.
Among the injured included a 16 year old boy who was in critical condition, and a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man who were stable, as reported by NBC News. The victims were transported to Pali Momi Medical Center. The other two passengers were reported as not critically injured, according to officials.
The incident was captured on video by Shawn Winrich who, according to CNN, was taking pictures of the Pearl Harbor when he saw the helicopter plunging near the mass of people gathered at the Remembrance Circle. He started videoing the incident on his smartphone camera. “But then it started coming really low, and kinda coming straight at me,” he said. “It seemed out of place and not normal. Immediately everybody just started running to help.”
Daniel Rose said had the pilot crashed on land, it would’ve caused a lot of damage. “If he would have hit on land, there was 100 people standing right there, he would have hurt a lot of people,” he said.
Darla Thompson, who was present in the crowd, gave her account of what she saw. “When we first saw it I actually turned and said, ‘Do those land on water? Because that looks like it’s coming,” she said. “And then within like a second somebody else yelled to get down and then we just turned and tried to take cover.”
The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation and Safety Board, which said that the helicopter in question, the Bell-206B, was on a sightseeing tour. The USS Arizona Memorial remained closed for the day.