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Here is the Preliminary report

IDENTIFICATION

  Regis#: 4493M   Make/Model: HU5   Description: HUGHES 500DE ROTORCRAFT

  Date: 06/15/2003 Time: 1930

 

  Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N   Missing: N

  Damage: Destroyed

 

LOCATION

  City: PAHALA State: HI Country: US

 

DESCRIPTION

  K&S HELICOPTERS, TROPICAL N4493M, HUGHES 500 AIR TAXI MADE A MAYDAY CALL

  REPORTING AN ENGINE OUT PRIOR TO CRASHING TWO MILES NOTRH OF THE SHORELINE

  IN THE VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, THE FOUR PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY

  INJURIED, ACFT WAS DESTROYED, OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN,  PAHALA,

  HILO,  HI

 

INJURY DATA   Total Fatal: 4

# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:  

# Pass: 3 Fat: 3 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:  

# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:  

 

WEATHER: ITO METAR 151853Z 33005KT 10SM SCT025 26/20 A3007

 

OTHER DATA

  Activity: Business   Phase: Cruise   Operation: Air Taxi (On Demand)

 

  Departed: HILO, HI   Dep Date: 06/15/2003 Dep. Time: 1930

  Destination: HILO, HI Flt Plan: UNK   Wx Briefing: Y

  Last Radio Cont: UNK

  Last Clearance: UNK

 

  FAA FSDO: HONOLULU, HI  (WP13)   Entry date: 06/16/2003

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Thanx, Winnie. I guess that''s the one, although my source said it was this weekend. Couldn''t find anything else on either the FAA or NTSB sites.

 

As usual, I find myself wondering why these preliminary reports seem so adept at raising questions. I don''t know the terrain, but HH''s little eggshell is a pretty hardy airframe, and I''d read from the reported ''Mayday'' that the guy had some kind of handle on things. One wonders how it ended up with all aboard killed. **** shame, regardless.

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