Witnesses describe downtown helicopter crash

Published On: May 08 2013 09:31:00 PM HST

No one was seriously hurt when a helicopter crash landed in downtown Honolulu Wednesday.

Just before 3:30 p.m., a Robinson R22 Beta helicopter dropped down in a field of high rises between the Kukui Plaza Mall and the Central Fire Station and onto Fort Street.

"I was scared," said Kevin Morrissey. "I actually thought that it might hit the building we were in because it was coming so fast and so low. You could tell it lost power very rapidly and it just dipped and it was amazing that the guy controlled it enough to get it in the street."

Patti Hookano had just left Longs Drugs Store and was driving on Fort Street, "It was like i was watching a movie because it literally just came down in front of my car."

"And then it started to skid forward, probably about the length of this road and then it ended up hitting a car at the end of this road and spinning out," said Generie Garcia.

Shortly after, witnesses said the 30-year-old female pilot helped her 71-year-old male passenger out of the chopper. Both refused medical treatment.

"He did have a small laceration to his head, but again neither one of them is going to the hospital today," said Shayne Enright of Honolulu Emergency Services. "Very, very fortunate that nobody else on the streets was injured."

The two were up on a photo shoot above Punchbowl when firefighters said the helicopter suffered mechanical problems, causing it to come down.

Captain Terry Seelig said, "There are parts of the helicopter that are strewn as well as the fuel of the helicopter that has leaked out."

PHOTOS: Chopper goes down in Downtown Honolulu

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The cleanup and investigation forced police to shut down several downtown streets in the middle of rush hour.

The helicopter was taken away around 6:30 p.m.

The chopper belongs to Mauna Loa Helicopters and they were unavailable for comment.

Records show the chopper received its Federal Aviation Administration certificate in February and was good until 2016.


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