Search underway in Hawaii for vanished tour helicopter carrying 7: U.S. Coast Guard

A tour helicopter with seven people aboard disappeared in Hawaii, and a search is underway, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The owner of the helicopter contacted the Coast Guard about 45 minutes after the aircraft was due back from a tour of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on Thursday evening, a news release said.

The helicopter has an electronic locator, but no signals had been received, according to the bulletin.

The helicopter was carrying a pilot and six passengers, two of whom were believed to be minors, the release said.

“The weather conditions are challenging,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox, Coast Guard Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center Honolulu. “We have trained crews responding and on scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and those aboard.”

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