A helicopter crashed into a field of fuel tanker trucks Saturday at Honolulu International Airport.
The helicopter was coming in for a landing when it ran into a problem near a hanger off Lagoon Drive.
Dominic Mills-Patrick said he hugged his girlfriend just a little bit tighter after getting quite a scare. He was riding in the chopper when it went down right next to a fuel truck, just missing its tank by several feet.
Mills-Patrick was on a flight back from Moloka'i with another boy and the pilot, John Corboy.
“Dr. Corboy, he started to say a few things that I could tell something was wrong. So after spinning a few times, he put us down, and I guess he put us down a little too hard, but he landed us safely,” Mills-Patrick said.
The two passengers said it all happened within a matter of seconds. One minute they were coming in for a landing on Lagoon Drive, and the next, a gust of wind caught the tail of the chopper and put them into a spin.
“(I was thinking) ‘I hope we survive this,’ and ‘I can’t believe it’s actually happening,’ and ‘I hope we don’t hit the fuel tank,’” said Nic Politsch, a passenger on the helicopter.
Both boys said aside from being shaken up, no one was badly hurt, including the pilot.