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Tarp blamed for damaging helicopter blades in accident on Kalalau Beach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:05 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that a tarp caused damage to a helicopter's rotor blades after landing on Kauai's remote Kalalau Beach Wednesday.

The pilot was uninjured, but the two passengers who were state Department of Land and Natural Resources employees, sustained minor injuries, Airborne Aviation's co-owner said.

The Hughes 369 helicopter, tail number N519PA, had landed at about 1:45 p.m. when a tarp on the ground blew into the rotor blades, damaging the aircraft, the FAA said.

The National Transportation Safety Bureau and the FAA are investigating the incident.

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Graham wrote:
Industrial injury...workmes comp...
on September 13,2013 | 04:49PM
2NDC wrote:
Dam FOD! >:-(
on September 13,2013 | 08:19PM
Kealii wrote:
The tarp was innocent! It was there first and minding its own business until that noisy helicopter came around!
on September 13,2013 | 08:20PM
cojef wrote:
Never trusted a helicopter and will never get in one. Those rotors are humongous and they scare me. Recently a remote controlled toy helicopter almost beheaded the controller. Believe it happened a week ago or so.
on September 14,2013 | 07:20AM
CloudForest wrote:
Obviously the DLNR employees should have been forced to walk it, like everyone else - the taxpayers would have saved money and they would have gotten some exercise - win win!
on September 14,2013 | 12:17AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Clueless clueless!
on September 14,2013 | 01:15AM
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