Witnesses who saw a helicopter before it crashed last month on Molokai told federal accident investigators that 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 female passenger were killed.
A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Wednesday says residents near the crash site reported seeing the helicopter flying low and slowly.
The report says there was low visibility with heavy rain at the time.
The report says the pilot was experienced and often departed from his hangar at Honolulu Airport in the evenings after work.