A tour helicopter with a family of four and the pilot on board was headed back to Honolulu after touring Waimea on Thursday morning when it crashed into Pearl Harbor in waters just off the Arizona Memorial visitors center.
The family was taken to Pali Momi Medical Center, including a 15-year-old boy who was in critical condition following the crash. The Honolulu Emergency Services Department had earlier said the boy was 16.
Witness Daniel Rose said one victim was under water for about three minutes.
“That was scary,” Rose said. “We were thinking we were going to see a dead body come up.”
The helicopter pilot for ABC station KABC in Los Angeles, Scott Reiff, said there may not have been enough energy in the rotor system to cushion the landing.
“It appeared at some point that he lost some type of power,” Reiff said.
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