Tour helicopter crashes in Hawaii, 5 dead

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Five people – the pilot and the four tourists – were killed when a tour helicopter slammed into a mountain ridge on the island of Molokai, Hawaii.

The Associated Press reports that the helicopter was on a tour of Molokai and West Maui when it went down about a quarter mile from Kilohana Elementary School, prompting teachers to keep the 71 students inside.

Firefighters recovered four bodies and the fifth was located under the wreckage, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone and Maui police official Wayne K. Ibarra confirmed that the firefighters recovered four bodies and the fifth was located under the wreckagethe.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters owner David Chevalier said the passengers were two men and two women taking a 45-minute tour that departed from Kahului, on Maui. Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that at least two of the passengers were newlyweds.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, but so far there was no word on the cause of the crash.