Six persons were injured when a helicopter carrying them crashed into a lava field during a sight-seeing journey over Hawaii’s Big Island.
Hawaii County said a pilot and five passengers were enjoying a Paradise Helicopters tour over Kau on Wednesday when the Bell 407 aircraft suddenly fell from the sky around 5:30 in the afternoon.
Cyrus Johnasen, a public information officer for Hawaii County, revealed first responders were not able to access the site — near South Point, along the southernmost tip of the Big Island — by vehicle, so authorities sent in another pair of helicopters to assist in the rescue.
Johnasen added that all six people on board were evacuated from the helicopter, operated by K&S Helicopters.
He said the pilot, a man in his 50s, was initially trapped in the wreckage of the aircraft but was later extracted and was in serious but stable condition.
Moreover, Johnasen said an 18-year-old woman was also listed in a serious and worsening condition, while another four people were reported as ambulatory.
A deeper investigation into the cause of the crash is now underway.