- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The pilot of a helicopter that crash-landed at Pearl Harbor in front of stunned tourists radioed air traffic controllers to tell them his craft was in trouble.

Honolulu TV station KHON-TV (https://bit.ly/1ozems0 ) obtained the recording, in which the pilot tells the tower, “I think I’m going down.” Moments later, the tower radios for help, saying the chopper is underwater.

The five people on board, including a Canadian family of four, survived Thursday’s crash near the visitor’s center, but a teenage boy was hospitalized in critical condition. Bystanders helped rescue him from the submerged chopper.

A tourist captured video of the dramatic fall on his cellphone before jumping in to help.

The Navy said the helicopter belongs to tour company Genesis Aviation. The helicopter was pulled from the water Friday afternoon.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide