Hawaiian helicopter pilot did not send any distress call before the accident that killed 7

The report does not describe a pilot’s distress call and does not speculate on the cause of the accident, which occurred on the afternoon of December 26 on the island of Kauai.

The witness told the NTSB that he was on a hiking trail in Koke’e State Park when he heard a “floating helicopter followed by a loud groan.”

“Knowing that something was wrong, he tried to locate the helicopter but could not because of adverse weather conditions and daylight that was fading,” the report said. The remains were found the next morning.

The pilot of the Safari Helicopters letter was last heard on aviation radio giving a routine control call when he left Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island. A search operation began when the helicopter arrived 10 minutes late for its expected return at Lihue airport without contact.

The accident site is marked in red.
The NTSB said the Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter crashed into a ridge in Koke’e State Park about 24 miles northwest of Lihue and was destroyed by the impact and the resulting fire.

The NTSB said the pilot was on his eighth and last scheduled tour of the day the helicopter fell.

Four members of a Swiss family died in the accident. The Kauai Police Department identified them as Sylvie Winteregg, 50; Christophe Winteregg, 49; Alice Winteregg, 13 years old; and Agathe Winteregg, 10.

The other passengers who were killed were Amy Gannon, 47, and Jocelyn Gannon, 13. The pilot was Paul Matero, 69.


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