HILO, Hawaii: An emergency light in the cockpit forced a Blue Hawaiian helicopter to make a precautionary landing on the Hilo drag strip on Monday afternoon.
A State Department of Transportation official said told KITV that the light was “possibly indicating some kind of problem with the battery”, while an FAA official told the news station there were no injuries to any of the six people on board.
News videographer Daryl Lee was on the scene, and interviewed passengers in the moments immediately following the landing.
Husband and wife, Andre and Nina Reyes, were visiting from Houston, Texas and were planning on seeing the active Kilauea volcano from the above. But, the warning light detoured their flight, and instead of catching a back-up helicopter, they instead opted to catch a ride back to the airport.
The incident comes only four days after a Blue Hawaiian helicopter crashed on Molokai killing five people on board.
Standing on the runway of the Hilo drag strip, the Reyes family, as well as passenger Bill Urrutia, complimented the pilot on his fine – if unscheduled – landing.