Fire/rescue crews responded to a 9:26 a.m. alarm Tuesday (Oct 4) to the Pu‘u O Umi Natural Area Reserve area in the Kohala Mountains for helicopter and crew which made an emergency landing.
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Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief Darwin Okinaka said the McDonnell Douglas 369E, with the pilot and two passengers on board, went down on the north slope of the Kohala Mountain range near Waimanu Valley. Okinaka said the area “was so remote only our helicopter was able to get up there, so we’re staging down below, waiting in the event there were injuries, but no one was injured…”
Okinaka added that he was told the helicopter experienced “heavy vibrations” before the pilot landed the aircraft safely.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency will investigate the accident.
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