3 Dead After Tour Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii Suburb

HONOLULU, HI (AP) — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three people aboard, officials and witnesses said. Paramedics responding to an unrelated call from a patient with leg pain nearby heard “a horrific bang,” according to a spokeswoman for Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. When they turned around, they saw a helicopter on fire. “When they got there, neighbors were doing a heroic job trying to put out the fire and also trying to get the patients away from the burning aircraft.” The crash occurred in Kailua, a town of 50,000 people about a 30-minute drive from downtown Honolulu. The crash site was on a two-lane road amid one and two-story homes. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency believes three people were on board the four-seat, Robinson R44 aircraft.

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