Mon, Mar 12, 2007
Pilot Reported Hydraulic Failure Before Fatal Crash
Investigators with the
National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA, and Eurocopter
combed through the wreckage of an air tour helicopter in
As Aero-News reported, the
Heli-USA AS350-B2 (file photo of type, right) crashed Thursday
afternoon at the Princeville Airport on Kauai. The helicopter's
pilot and three passengers were killed in the crash; three more
passengers were injured.
Local media reports state the A-Star's pilot reported hydraulics
failure before the accident. A witness came forward to tell
investigators she saw the helo impact in a nose-down attitude.
Lead NTSB investigator Brian Rayner said the team will look
closely for evidence to support those reports.
"It will be something that will be examined because, again, [the
pilot's] comments, and how they were relayed to us through the
witnesses, is evidence," Rayner told Honolulu's KITV-4.
NTSB records show five A-Stars have gone down nationwide due to
hydraulics failure in the past decade, according to KITV.
"We cannot confirm that hydraulics was the reason for the crash.
It may have been a factor, but I am not in a position to make that
statement," said Heli-USA vice president John Power. "And I can
confirm our aircraft have been given a full bill of health to
Thursday's accident was the fifth crash of a tour helicopter on
Kauai in the past four years.
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