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Helicopter pilot in fatal Kauai crash ‘all about safety,’ family says

  • Video by Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.com

    Kauai police confirmed Saturday the seven people aboard the Safari Helicopters chopper did not survive the crash. Donna Dublin, wife of chief pilot Paul Matero, shared memories of her late husband with nephew Aaron Redding.

  • COURTESY AARON REDDING
                                Paul Matero is pictured with his sister Susan Matero and a Safari Helicopters aircraft in October.

    COURTESY AARON REDDING

    Paul Matero is pictured with his sister Susan Matero and a Safari Helicopters aircraft in October.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Donna Dublin, wife of pilot Paul Matero, spoke Saturday in Wailua, Kauai, about her late husband. A Safari Helicopters aircraft carrying seven crashed off a remote area of Kauai on Thursday, killing everyone on board. With Dublin is nephew Aaron Redding of Kihei, Maui.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Donna Dublin, wife of pilot Paul Matero, spoke Saturday in Wailua, Kauai, about her late husband. A Safari Helicopters aircraft carrying seven crashed off a remote area of Kauai on Thursday, killing everyone on board. With Dublin is nephew Aaron Redding of Kihei, Maui.

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                                The Safari Helicopters chief pilot Paul Matero, right, had 12 years of experience flying on Kauai.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Safari Helicopters chief pilot Paul Matero, right, had 12 years of experience flying on Kauai.

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                                Amy Gannon, the 47-year-old visitor from Wisconsin, died in the crash with her 13-year-old daughter.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Amy Gannon, the 47-year-old visitor from Wisconsin, died in the crash with her 13-year-old daughter.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aaron Redding looked at photographs of his uncle Paul Matero in Matero’s Wailua, Kauai, home Saturday. Matero was a pilot for Safari Helicopters and was killed in a crash Thursday. “He was like my father growing up, just had the biggest heart ever,” Redding said.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Aaron Redding looked at photographs of his uncle Paul Matero in Matero’s Wailua, Kauai, home Saturday. Matero was a pilot for Safari Helicopters and was killed in a crash Thursday. “He was like my father growing up, just had the biggest heart ever,” Redding said.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The helipad for Safari Helicopters was empty Saturday in Lihue, Kauai. The company suspended operations following Thursday’s crash.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The helipad for Safari Helicopters was empty Saturday in Lihue, Kauai. The company suspended operations following Thursday’s crash.

Paul Matero had been flying helicopters for more than 40 years. Read more

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