The pilot of a helicopter and his two passengers escaped injuries today on Hawaii island after making an emergency landing in the Pu`u O Umi Natural Area Reserve near Waimea.
The pilot made the emergency landing on the north flank of the mountain range, north-north west of Waimea in an area not accessible by vehicles, Hawaii County officials said. The incident was reported at about 9:30 a.m.
Emergency crews found the helicopter upright, with obvious damage to the main and tail rotor blades, officials said.
No injuries were reported, and the pilot and passengers were transported to safety.