Mechanic buying new chopper, car after crash landing

Mauna Loa Helicopters president: Shows character of mechanic

Published  11:08 AM HST May 14, 2013

The mechanic who is taking the blame for last week's helicopter crash landing in downtown Honolulu says he's buying the company a new copter.  He's also buying a new car for the college student whose parked Mazda was badly damaged when the helicopter skidded down the street.
Brant Swigart said Tuesday he's making the purchases to make up for not seeing the problem that caused the small helicopter's engine failure.

No one was badly hurt when the pilot was forced to crash-land on the street but Swigart says he feels terrible that it could have been deadly.
Mauna Loa Helicopters President Benjamin Fouts says buying a replacement helicopter shows Swigart's character.
Fouts says pilot Julia Link flew a helicopter on Monday for the first time since the emergency landing.

PHOTOS: Chopper goes down in Downtown Honolulu
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A helicopter went down on Fort Street just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Click here to see more pictures of the helicopter's hard landing.

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