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Teenager Critically Injured in Helicopter Crash in Hawaii

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A helicopter in Hawaii crashed into Pearl Harbor on Thursday, leaving one teenage passenger in critical condition.

Details about the Helicopter Crash in Hawaii

Multiple sources are reporting that, while taking photos of Pearl Harbor while on vacation, Shawn Winrich captured video of a helicopter crash that injured one teenager.

Winrich said that the helicopter as flying really low, when it fell out of the sky and landed in the water. He dropped his phone that was capturing video and jumped in the water to help the passengers in the helicopter.

All five of the passengers made it out of the water, but one 16-year-old boy was trapped and had to be cut from his seat as the helicopter was sinking. A spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department said that multiple people jumped into the water to help the people escape the wreckage.

A Pearl Harbor tour guide, a Navy sailor, a federal police officer, and another man all jumped into the water and took turns diving to the submerged wreckage to cut the teenager free from his seat with a knife.

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Navy indicated that the helicopter that was involved in the accident on Thursday was a Bell 206. The names of the people that were in the chopper have not been released.

Federal records indicate that the chopper is registered to Jeffrey Gebhard of Kailua, Hawaii. Gebhard was unable to be reached for comment on the matter.The helicopter belongs to Genesis Aviation, which conducts tours over the island of Oahu for tourists.

The teenager was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Details on the condition of the other people on board at the time of the accident were not made available.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, and a representative from the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive on Friday to aid in the investigation.

Important Information about Helicopters

According to the Federal Aviation Administration:

  • An analysis of accident from 2011 indicate that 5.9 percent of the crashes were from air tours and sightseeing like the accident in Hawaii.
  • A little over 88 percent of helicopter accidents happen during the daytime.
  • From 2001-2010, there were approximately 3.9 accidents for every 100,000 hours of flight in the United States. 

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