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NTSB: Galiher may have been disoriented in bad weather before copter crash

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    Gary Galiher and Keiko Kuroki

Witnesses who saw a helicopter before it crashed on Molokai told federal accident investigators it looked like the pilot was lost during dark and rainy conditions.

Well-known Honolulu personal injury attorney Gary Galiher was flying his helicopter from Honolulu to a helipad at his east Molokai home Nov. 15.

Rescuers found the charred wreckage the next day on a remote mountain-slope. Galiher and his passenger, real estate agent Keiko Kuroki, were killed.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Wednesday says residents near the crash site reported seeing the helicopter flying low and slow.

The report says there was low visibility with heavy rain showers at the time.

The report says the pilot was experienced and often departed from his hangar at Honolulu Airport in the evenings after work.

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