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Ophthalmologist piloted helicopter that made hard landing

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 9:59 p.m. HST, Aug 1, 2014

A Robinson R44 II helicopter piloted and owned by a well-known Honolulu ophthalmologist made a hard landing Friday afternoon at the Honolulu Airport, but no one was seriously injured.

Dr. John Corboy, founder of the Hawaiian Eye Center, was piloting the helicopter carrying two teenage boys when it went down at about 3 p.m. near the south ramp at the Lagoon Drive side of the airport.

A woman picking up Corboy from the airport told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he was the pilot.

Nic Politsch, 16, was one of two passengers on the helicopter. His father, David, told the Star-Advertiser, "He's just a little bit shaken up, but he's all right."

Hawaii News Now identified the other teen as Dominic Mills Patrick, 17.

The three walked away from the crash on their own, and no ambulance was needed. The pilot and one passenger received minor bruises and scrapes, while the second passenger was uninjured.

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