Helicopter crash lands in downtown Honolulu

 

It’s being called a miracle on Fort Street.

A helicopter made a crash landing Wednesday afternoon in the middle of busy downtown Honolulu.

No one in or out of the aircraft was seriously injured.

The chopper, though, was badly damaged along with a parked car.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called in to investigate.

They loaded the wreckage onto a flat-bed truck Wednesday evening and took it to a secure location, where every piece will be carefully looked over.

The FAA is in fact-finding mode to learn what went wrong, but this is what we know right now.

Sometime before 3:30 p.m., the pilot was flying over Punchbowl taking aerial photographs when the helicopter lost power.

The pilot looked for a place to put it down and picked Fort Street in busy downtown Honolulu.

Once on the ground, the chopper then skidded 50 yards, slamming into a parked car.

It was a sight never before seen in downtown Honolulu.

Just moments before, Patti Hookano saw the chopper fly past her — a little too close for comfort.

“As soon as I stopped and I looked up, it had already crashed and that’s when the girl with the blue shirt, who was the pilot, helping the older gentleman out and walked to this corner,” witness Patti Hookano said.

The 30-year-old female pilot and her 71-year-old passenger were able to walk away from the crash. He only needed a bandage for a cut on his head.

“If you hear helicopter down, your heart sinks you just don’t know how bad the scene is gonna be when you get here and when you come to find out no one was injured,” Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Shayne Enright said.

Attention then turned to the owner of this smashed up car.

“The semester went out with a bang.”

Turns out Matthew Lau parked it just two hours earlier to take his last final exam of the school year.

When he called his insurance company, they weren’t sure how to classify such a claim.

“I said I’m glad no one got hurt, but something really random happened today, a helicopter landed on my car,” said Matthew Lau.

The hard landing created quite the shock for onlookers and first responders too.

“Speaking to one of our paramedics who has 15 years of experience, has never heard of such a call of helicopter going down in the middle of fort street it’s pretty unheard of right,” stated Enright.

Investigators with the FAA also came to check it out and piece together the wreck. Debris was scattered across the street, in all directions. Evidence they carefully documented.

The FAA says at this time, it appears to be an engine failure that caused the crash.

The pilot and passenger were both shaken and did not want to talk about what happened, but KHON2 will follow up with them on Thursday.

Click HERE to see photos from the scene of the crash.

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