Six people were injured in a helicopter hard landing/crash near Hawaiian Ranchos Subdivision in Ocean View, Ka'ū early Wednesday evening (June 8th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) and O'ahu (Waipi'o) Team
The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of an aircraft emergency in the area southwest of Hawaiian Ranchos Subdivision in Ocean View, Ka'ū early Wednesday evening (June 8th).
The initial call came in at 5:31 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE), Pāhala, Captain Cook, and Kailua (Rescue Company 7) Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 1, Chopper 2, and HPD Officers from the Ka'ū Patrol responded to the scene location southwest of Hawaiian Ranchos subdivision in Ocean View, Ka'ū.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from residences in the Hawaiian Ranchos subdivision reporting a helicopter (described as a Bell 407) went down or made an emergency landing in a lava field southwest of the Hawaiian Ranchos Subdivision near Poko Drive and Kama'aina Boulevard. It was later reported that there were a total of 6 occupants (1 pilot and 5 passengers) on board the helicopter at the time of the incident and multiple injuries were reported, some reported to be serious and also traumatic, and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived in the area, HFD crews utilized Chopper 1 and Chopper 2 to access the scene, which was reported to be a remote and inaccessible location to emergency crews by vehicle, and immediately began treatment and also extrication efforts for the parties still trapped within the aircraft. Once all occupants were extricated, HFD Chopper 1 extricated all parties to a landing zone located in Hawaiian Ranchos Subdivision where HFD Medics continued treatment and later prepared the patients to be transported to the hospital.
Three HFD Medics transported a total of 5 patients (described as two females ages in their late teens and three males with ages ranging from 30s to 50s) to the Kona Community Hospital with their conditions listed as fair/stable to serious. One patient (described as a female 18-years-old) was transported by HFD Chopper 2 to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition, with injuries reported to be serious and also traumatic.
Once all occupants were safely transported to the Kona Community Hospital, HPD Officers immediately secured the scene until a representative from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) can arrive at the scene to begin their investigation into the incident. NTSB investigators are expected to arrive on Hawai'i Island by Friday.
HPD was continuing its investigation into the incident.
HIRSC is withholding the information on the helicopter company involved and officials from that company are expected to release a statement in the coming day.