Tourist Helicopter Fails to Return in Hawaii

Chopper with 7 people aboard is missing
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2019 7:58 AM CST
A file photo shows the coast of Kauai, Hawai. Kauai is the northernmost of Hawaii's islands and it gets fewer visitors than Oahu, the Big Island, or Maui.   (AP Photo/Christina Rexrode)

(Newser) – The Coast Guard is searching for a tourist helicopter with seven people aboard that failed to return from a Thursday flight. The alarm went up at 6pm Thursday when the helicopter—believed to have two minors, four adult passengers, and the pilot aboard—did not return as scheduled around 5:20pm from the coast of Kauai, reports Hawaii News Now. "The weather conditions are challenging," says a Coast Guard statement, which cites wind, rain, and low visibility. The helicopter has an electronic locator, but no signal has been picked up. It had been on a tour of Kauai's Na Pali coast. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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