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Tour helicopter crashes near Hilo airport

A Paradise Helicopters tour with five people aboard made a crash landing Thursday in a field not much more than 700 feet from a runway at Hilo International Airport.

Preliminary reports were that no one was injured in the crash, said Caroline Sluyter, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

“The cause is under investigation at this time,” she said Thursday afternoon.

The site of the crash was the small, grassy field mauka of Airport Road and Runway No. 321 of the airport, directly in front of the County Department of Water Supply’s Hilo Baseyard.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Tribune-Herald.


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