Helicopter company president praising pilot

Published On: May 09 2013 10:21:31 AM HST

The president of a helicopter company whose small chopper crash-landed on a downtown Honolulu street is praising the pilot, while the National Transportation Safety Board begins an investigation.
No one was badly hurt when the two-seater helicopter lost power and landed Wednesday afternoon.  The NTSB is investigating remotely with help from local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Mauna Loa Helicopters President Benjamin Fouts says he doesn't know why the engine quit, but pilot Julia Link did a "tremendous" job.  He says the company uses the aircraft for flight instruction and aerial photography.
Photographer Karl Hedberg suffered a minor cut to his head.
Fouts says he leases the 1992 helicopter from registered owner HLM Aviation Services.  Fouts is part owner of HLM Aviation.

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