November 23, 2014
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during rainy and windy weather.
The NTSB on Friday published its final report on the 2011 crash. The pilot, a Canadian couple and newlyweds from Pittsburgh died when the sightseeing helicopter crashed sideways into mountains above an elementary school and burned.
The report says the crash likely began when the pilot failed to keep enough distance from the terrain. The agency says contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to operate in an area surrounded by rising terrain amid rain and strong winds.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters says the company is studying the report's findings.