Remains of 6 people found at scene of helicopter crash in Hawaii

The remains of six people were recovered Friday from the scene of a tour helicopter with seven aboard that crashed on a Hawaiian island, a fire official said.

Solomon Kanoho, battalion chief of the Kauai Fire Department, made the announcement Friday afternoon, hours after crews found the wreckage along the remote north coast of the island.

The search was suspended Friday due to fog and poor visibility. Kanoho said more searches will hopefully resume Saturday at first light.

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"There are no indications of survivors," Kanoho said.

The tour helicopter was reported overdue at around 6 p.m. Thursday. The Safari Helicopter was conducting a tour over the Na Pali area with a pilot and six passengers on board, officials said.

Kauai is an island west of Oahu.

The last contact anyone had with the helicopter was around 4:40 p.m. Thursday when the pilot reported the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, Kauai County officials said.

The aircraft had been scheduled to return around 5:30 p.m. at the landing pad in the town of Lihue.

The names of those whose remains were found were not released because officials were still notifying their families, Kanoho said. The Coast Guard had said their were two minors aboard.

Kanoho said earlier Friday that there were members of two families on board, a party of two and a party of four.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said in a statement earlier Friday that “Our thoughts are with the families of those on-board as search and rescue crews work at the site of the helicopter crash on Kauaʻi.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending three investigators to the scene of the crash.

Ige said the state would do whatever it could to assist with the investigation.

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In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Cutter William Hart moves toward the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. Authorities say wreckage of the helicopter has been found in a mountainous area on the island. (Lt. j.g. Daniel Winter/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Incident Command Post responders look over a map of the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. Authorities say wreckage of the helicopter has been found in a mountainous area on the island. (Senior Chief Justin Shackleford/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Cutter William Hart moves toward the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. Authorities say wreckage of the helicopter has been found in a mountainous area on the island. (Lt. j.g. Daniel Winter/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Cutter William Hart moves toward the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. Authorities say wreckage of the helicopter has been found in a mountainous area on the island. (Lt. j.g. Daniel Winter/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
This photo provided by the Hawaii department of Land and Natural Resources shows an area over Napali Coast State Wilderness Park where search and rescue are searching for a tour Helicopter that disappeared in Hawaii with several people aboard on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from a tour of Kauai's Na Pali Coast on Thursday evening. (Dan Dennison/Hawaii DLNR via AP)
In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a coast guard vessel searches along the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. Authorities say wreckage of the helicopter has been found in a mountainous area on the island. (Lt. j.g. Daniel Winter/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
This photo provided by the Hawaii department of Land and Natural Resources shows an area over Napali Coast State Wilderness Park where search and rescue are searching for a tour Helicopter that disappeared in Hawaii with several people aboard on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from a tour of Kauai's Na Pali Coast on Thursday evening. (Dan Dennison/Hawaii DLNR via AP)
This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows a Coast Guard search and rescue team looking over Napali Coast State Wilderness Park for a tour Helicopter that disappeared in Hawaii with seven people aboard on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from a tour of Kauai's Na Pali Coast on Thursday evening. (Dan Dennison/Hawaii DLNR via AP)
This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows a waterfall on the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Coast Guard is searching for a tour helicopter that disappeared on the Na Pali Coast with seven people aboard on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from the tour. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)
This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Coast Guard is searching for a tour helicopter that disappeared on the Na Pali Coast with seven people aboard on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from the tour. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)
This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Coast Guard is searching for a tour helicopter that disappeared on the Na Pali Coast with seven people aboard on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from the tour. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)
This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Coast Guard is searching for a tour helicopter that disappeared on the Na Pali Coast with seven people aboard on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from the tour. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)
This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Coast Guard is searching for a tour helicopter that disappeared on the Na Pali Coast with seven people aboard on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities say the helicopter's owner called for help about 45 minutes after the chopper was due back from the tour. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)
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