A private helicopter, which was headed to help in the search for a downed chopper off Molokai, lost power and made an emergency landing at the Waipio Soccer Complex in Central Oahu at around 1 p.m. today.
The pilot and his passenger were not injured, and the helicopter appeared undamaged. The passenger, Reggie Perry of Barbers Point Aviation Services, is the owner of the helicopter. The pilot refused to give his name.
The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation said fields 15 through 19 of the park are closed as authorities respond to the situation.
The pilot said the helicopter lost power after leaving Kalaeloa for the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, where they were to receive instructions on helping with the search for two men who were aboard the chopper that went down off Molokai Monday night. He said he is a friend of the pilot in the Molokai crash.
Both aircraft were identified as Robinson R44 helicopters.