Tour helicopter missing off Hawaii with seven on board

Search underway for tour helicopter with 7 people onboard

Coast Guard searching for missing tour helicopter with 7 people onboard in Hawaii

There were no indications anyone survived the crash and the search for the last person on board will continue on Saturday morning, fire authorities said on Friday, according to local media.

The helicopter had failed to return Thursday from an excursion over a mountainous area on the island of Kauai. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Kanoho said the passengers were from two families and one family was a group of four.

Kanoho declined to elucidate particulars of the wreckage out of respect for the victims' relations. "All I can tell you is that it was located in a steep (inland ) area of Kokee". "Kauai is incredibly unforgiving terrain".

The Eurocopter AS350 lifted off from the town of Lihue, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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Weather conditions in the area have made the search for the missing aircraft are "challenging" thanks to low visibility and blustery winds.

The pilot was reportedly on the "prescribed route" at the time of the crash.

Waimea Canyon is a vacationer trip spot known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", and police talked about the helicopter was remaining heard from at about 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, when the pilot radioed that the aircraft was merely departing that area.

No emergency signals were received from the helicopter, which has an emergency electronic locator. Officials have recovered six bodies, but are still searching for the seventh.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige spoke on the crash, saying in a statement on Friday that: "Our thoughts are with the families of those on-board as search and rescue crews work at the site of the helicopter crash on Kauaʻi".

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A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point will conduct first light searches.

Coast Guard and US Navy helicopters were joined by a Coast Guard cutter in the search, with resources now focusing on finding any possible survivors.

The Garden Island called several helicopter companies on Kauai on Friday and asked to speak to representatives about safety protocols. Other private helicopter companies were aiding in the search.

Safari Helicopter Tours has been in business for over 30 years and uses ASTAR 350 B2-7 helicopters, which sit up to six passengers.

Police on Kauai have preliminary identifications for three of the seven people aboard December 26's helicopter tour that crashed in a remote part of Hawaii.

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Due to the time of the notification, the Fire Department notified the Coast Guard, which used its night-vision capabilities, and requested additional assets.

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