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.


"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.