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Hawaii helicopter crash kills 5

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:39 PM EST, Thu November 10, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The helicopter went down near a school on Molokai
  • All 5 aboard were killed, a county official said
  • There were no reported injuries on the ground

(CNN) -- A tour helicopter crashed and burned on the Hawaiian island of Molokai on Thursday, killing all five people aboard, local and federal authorities reported.

The helicopter went down about 12:15 p.m. (5:15 p.m. ET) near a school, said Rod Antone, a spokesman for Maui County government. Firefighters found three people dead immediately, while two more turned up in a search of the wreckage, he said.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to buildings on the ground, Antone said. The Eurocopter EC-130 B-4 went down in Kalua'aha, about 60 miles east of Honolulu, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash, it said.

The helicopter's operator, Blue Hawaiian charters, declined to comment on the crash Thursday evening.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.

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