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Fatal Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii
1999 - March 2007

A timeline of civilian helicopter crashes in Hawaii between 1999 and March 2007 that resulted in the deaths of one or more people. Includes crashes of Hawaii helicopter tours, personal helicopter flights, helicopter material transport flights, and student training flights. Note that military helicopter crashes are not included.


2007 March 11 (Kauai)
One person was killed and three people were seriously injured in a helicopter crash Sunday, March 11, 2007 on the island of Kauai. The pilot was flying on Kauai's north shore about 1:00 p.m. when he heard a loud bang and lost control of the helicopter. The Hughes 500 helicopter was taking four passengers on a tour operated by Smoky Mountain Helicopters. The aircraft struck some trees with its main rotar blade.

2007 March 8 (Kauai)
Four people were killed and three were seriously injured when a Heli USA tour helicopter made a mid-afternoon, clear weather crash landing on grass along the Princeville Airport runway. [Crash Report]


2005 December 25 (Kauai)
On December 25, 2005 a tour helicopter operated by Smokey Mountain Helicopters, doing business as Inter-Island Helicopters, crashed near Lihue on the island of Kauai. [Crash Report]

2005 September 23 (Kauai)
On September 23, 2005 a tour helicopter operated by Heli USA Airways crashed off the coast at Kee Beach at Kailiu Point near the town of Haena. [Crash Report]


2004 September 24 (Kauai)
On September 24, 2004 a tour helicopter operated by Bali Hai Helicopters crashed northeast of Port Allen Airport on the south coast of Kauai. [Crash Report]


2003 July 23 (Kauai)
On July 23, 2003 a helicopter tour operated by Jack Harter Helicopters crashed at Waialae Crater on the island of Kauai. [Crash Report]

2003 June 15 (Big Island)
On June 15, 2003 a helicopter tour operated by K & S Helicopters, doing business as Paradise Tour Helicopters, crashed in a Lava field on the Pulama Pali in the Volcanoes National Park on the Big island of Hawaii. [Crash Report]

2003 May 22 (Kahoolawe)
On May 22, 2003 a transport helicopter operated by Pacific Helicopter tours crashed while it was transporting material to that island. [Crash Report]


2000 July 21 (Maui)
On July 21, 2000 a helicopter operated by Helicopter Consultants of Maui, doing business as Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, crashed in the mountainous terrain around the Iao Valley. [Crash Report]


1998 June 25 (Kauai)
On June 25, 1998 a helicopter tour operated by Ohana Helicopter Tours crashed in the steep mountainous terrain near Mount Waialeale on the island of Kauai. [Crash Report]


1997 May 18 (Big Island)
On May 18, 1997 a company helicopter traveling from Kona to Hilo crashed 21 miles northwest of Hilo. [Crash Report]

1997 May 10 (Big Island)
On May 10, 1997 a helicopter crashed on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona near Puako. [Crash Report]

1997 April 16 (Kauai)
On April 16, 1997 a home built experimental helicopter crashed in Lihue on the island of Kauai. [Crash Report]


1995 July 21 (Oahu)
On July 21, 1995 a rescue helicopter crashed near Hauula on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. [Crash Report]


1994 July 14 (Kauai)
On July 14, 1994 a helicopter tour out of Lihue, operated by Papillon Hawaiian Helicopters, crashed. [Crash Report]

1994 April 18 (Kauai)
On April 18, 1994 a helicopter operated by Smoky Mountain Helicopters, doing business as Inter-Island Helicopters, crashed on the island of Kauai, 7 miles northeast of Hanapepe below Manawaupuna Falls. [Crash Report]


1993 August 10 (Between Lanai and Oahu)
On August 10, 1993 a helicopter crashed into the ocean between Lanai and Oahu, eight miles southeast of Honolulu. It was a personal scuba diving flight, not a commercially operated helicopter tour. [Crash Report]

1993 July 7 (Oahu)
On July 7, 1993 a student pilot crashed at Honolulu International Airport during one of his flight practice sessions. [Crash Report]

1993 January 25 (Big Island)
On January 25, 1993 a helicopter crashed off the coast in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. [Crash Report]


1992 September 16 (Maui)
On September 16, 1992 a helicopter crashed near the town of Hana on the island of Maui. [Crash Report]


1991 September 11 (Maui)

Tour Company: None - student on a practice flight
Island: Maui
Location: Kahului


December 8, 1990 (Maui)
A helicopter transporting an animal cage crashed in Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui in December of 1990. [Crash Report]

See Also
- Six Die in North Shore Army Copter Crash
- Air Tranportation in Hawaii
- Airplane Tours of Hawaii
- Helicopter Tours of Hawaii

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