Report: Visibility low when Hawaii tour helicopter crashed

Authorities identify 3 victims in medical helicopter crash

HONOLULU (AP)- A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month has told investigators that visibility was about 20 feet at the time because of fog and rain.

The account was provided in a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report about the crash made public on Wednesday.

The unidentified person was on a hiking trail in Koke’e State Park on Kauai island and described hearing a hovering helicopter followed by a high-pitched whine.

The NTSB report also says the pilot was on his eighth and final scheduled 50-minute tour flight of the day.