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Hawaii County helicopter makes emergency landing

A Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter made an emergency landing after an engine failure during a hurricane evacuation mission along the Hamakua coastline Wednesday afternoon.

The helicopter set down at Honokana Nui cabin in the area of Pololu Valley. No one was injured and the helicopter was not damaged, a fire department report said.

The Coast Guard notified the fire department about the emergency landing at about 12:44 p.m.

Paradise Helicopter located the aircraft and notified the fire dispatch center.

Crewmemembers on the helicopter were brought out of the area by 1:07 p.m. An aircraft mechanic will assess the helicopter for removal, the fire department said.

The fire department has a backup helicopter service to respond to calls.

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