NTSB publishes initial report on downtown chopper crash

Published  12:32 PM HST May 30, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board published its preliminary report about what went wrong before a helicopter crash-landed in Downtown Honolulu.

No one was seriously injured.  The two-seat aircraft demolished a parked car while skidding to a halt on Fort Street on May 8.

The NTSB report says the chopper was flying at around the 3,000-foot altitude when its engine suddenly experienced a total loss of power.

Pilot Julia Link put the chopper into an auto-rotation and maneuvered to land on the street where it wouldn't get caught in utility lines.

The chopper belonged to Mauna Loa Helicopters.

Its owner says a cable in the chopper snapped cutting off fuel to the engine.

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 photos from the crash scene.

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