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Wreckage of Hawaii tour helicopter carrying 7 has been found, officials say | Fox News

The wreckage of a Hawaii tour helicopter carrying seven people that went missing Thursday evening has been found, and crews are continuing to search for possible survivors, officials said.

The helicopter was found about 9:30 a.m. Friday in a mountainous area on the east side of the island of Kauai, authorities said. A pilot and six passengers, including two children, were on board.

Authorities said in a news release that they were sending additional resources to search for survivors.

Kauai Fire Department Battalion Chief Sol Kanoho said “no actionable information on the status of the passengers” was available during a news conference Friday afternoon.

This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)

The U.S. Coast Guard had resumed its search for the tour helicopter more than 12 hours after it vanished during a flight over the nearly uninhabited island.The helicopter had been due to arrive back at Kauai’s Na Pali coast at 5:21 p.m. local time on Thursday but never made it back. Authorities last made contact with the chopper around 4:40 p.m. when the pilot reported the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, Hawaii News Now reported.The Coast Guard initially sent an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and a cutter but found no sign of the aircraft.The weather conditions in the area were considered challenging, the local news outlet reported.

Source: Wreckage of Hawaii tour helicopter carrying 7 has been found, officials say | Fox News

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Hawaii telescope operators abandon millions of dollars worth of instrumentation, evacuate employees amid Mauna Kea protests | Fox News

The directors of an existing telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea evacuated employees Tuesday amid growing protests that have blocked an access road to the construction site of a second $1.4 billion ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) to be built on the mountain, reports said.

Source: Hawaii telescope operators abandon millions of dollars worth of instrumentation, evacuate employees amid Mauna Kea protests | Fox News

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9 dead in aircraft crash at Dillingham Airfield, officials say

Nine people are dead after a sky dive tour twin engine aircraft crashed in a fiery heap at Dillingham Airfield, Hawaii Department of Transportation officials said tonight.

Some 14 units and 39 personnel were dispatched to Dillingham at 6:24 p.m. and the fire was under control 20 minutes later, fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua said.

The department’s Air 1 helicopter was also conducting an aerial search of the area to look for debris or any other evidence.

Neves said the debris field was relatively small — about 50 feet by 50 feet.

Source: 9 dead in aircraft crash at Dillingham Airfield, officials say

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Woman, 35, disappears at Hawaii national forest, officials say | Fox News

Volunteers and first responders continued to search on Sunday for a 35-year-old woman who authorities say disappeared last week outside of a Hawaii national park.

Around noon on Thursday, Amanda Eller’s Toyota RAV4 was found in a parking lot of the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui County, officials said. According to a “Findamanda” Facebook page, authorities who found the car did not yet know that Eller was missing.

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Eller’s family believes she may have gone running in the national forest, because her teal sneakers were missing, while her wallet and cellphone remained inside.

“Amanda may have gone running, it was her day off and this is a common place for her,” a missing poster for the 35-year-old stated. “It is also normal that she would leave her cell behind. Her car key was found hidden under the driver’s side front tire.”

Source: Woman, 35, disappears at Hawaii national forest, officials say | Fox News

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Soldier Survives Fall Into Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano After Climbing Metal Barrier : NPR

A soldier visiting the active volcano on the Big Island hopped a guardrail and fell in when the ground collapsed. Airlifted out of the crater, he is in stable condition.

Source: Soldier Survives Fall Into Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano After Climbing Metal Barrier : NPR