September 28th, 2004


Danger in Hawai'i

Another helicopter crashed killing everyone onboard in Kaua'i... again:

Four bodies found at Kaua'i crash site

LIHUE, Kaua'i — Three days after a tour helicopter slammed into a remote cliffside in central Kaua'i, rescue workers found the bodies of four of the five people aboard. A county spokeswoman said those at the scene assumed the fifth person also was killed in the burned wreckage.

Four county firefighters worked quickly late today afternoon to retrieve the bodies before sundown, and before the weather changed. An Army Black Hawk helicopter carried the first body out shortly before 4 p.m. to an abandoned airstrip where a van from a local mortuary stood by.

The Black Hawk, unable to land, dropped the firefighters atop the ridge to make their way through thick vegetation down to the crash site. The helicopter then used a line to lifted out the victims in body bags one at a time, said Cyndi Ozaki, spokeswoman for Kauai County.

It appeared the tour helicopter had slid down from the point where it crashed into the mountain, although Ozaki could not say how far.

On board the privately operated tour helicopter were the pilot, a 36-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a German couple, officials said.

Names of the victims were not immediately released. But The Morning Journal newspaper in Lorain, Ohio, reported today that one of the passengers was Thomas J. Huemmer, a lawyer from Avon, Ohio, and that the woman was his girlfriend.

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