Helicopter downed in Downtown Honolulu

Pilot and passenger refused treatment

Published  3:28 PM HST May 08, 2013
HONOLULU -

Honolulu police say roads were closed in Downtown Honolulu due to a helicopter crash just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The chopper ended up on Fort Street between Kukui Street and Beretania Street.

Emergency Medical Services officials say a 30-year-old woman, who was the pilot, and a 71-year-old man was a passenger in the aircraft.  Both of them refused treatment.

At least one vehicle on Fort Street was damaged in the crash.

According to the pilot of the chopper, Mauna Loa Helicopters was hired by Aerial Photography Hawaii to help them shoot video.

Aerial Photography Hawaii specializes in panoramic imaging, virtual tours and oblique-scenic photography, according to its website.

A source said the Robinson R22 experienced catastrophic engine failure.  The chopper was manufactured in 1992, according to records with the Federal Aviation administration.

Records show the chopper received its air worthiness certificate in February, which is good until 2016.

A source tells KITV that these Robinson R22s must receive a complete overhaul after 2,200 hours of flight.  Those FAA records will all be part of a National Transportation Safety Board investigation in the coming weeks and months.

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A helicopter went down on Fort Street just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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