Tour chopper crashes near Pearl Harbor memorial, 5 injured
19 February 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Honolulu, HI, United States (4E) – A tour helicopter crashed in waters near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii on Thursday injuring five people, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
A 16-year-old boy was among those injured and he is reportedly in critical condition, said the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.
A 50-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were also injured in the crash but are now in stable condition at a local hospital.
The other passengers were treated on the scene.
Bystanders pulled the passengers from the waters and took them to shore. One of the rescuers said the injured teenager was stuck in his seat and his seatbelt had to be cut to move him out of the chopper and water.
Navy boats and federal firefighters also responded to the accident.
The crash happened near the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center theater around 10:30 a.m.
A video of the helicopter's hard landing 10 feet from the shore was posted on YouTube.
The helicopter is owned by Genesia Aviation.
The USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center was closed shortly after the crash.