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Hawaii helicopter crash: Six bodies found on island with other passenger presumed dead

Hawaii helicopter crash: Six bodies found on island with other passenger presumed deadSix bodies have been found after a tourist helicopter crashed in Hawaii.A pilot and two families – including two children – are believed to have been onboard the aircraft, which was reported missing on Thursday evening by the tour operator.



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Hawaii helicopter crash: Six people dead and one person missing after crash at top of 'Jurassic Park island'

Hawaii helicopter crash: Six people dead and one person missing after crash at top of 'Jurassic Park island'The remains of six people have been found after a helicopter heading to one of the most rugged and remote coastlines in Hawaii crashed at the top of a mountain on the island of Kauai, authorities said. Officials said that there are no indications of survivors and that a search for the last person yet to be recovered would resume in the morning. Those who were recovered have not been identified and their families are being notified, authorities said. Two passengers are believed to be minors, the Coast Guard said. A search began for the helicopter carrying a pilot and six passengers from two families after it was reported overdue Na Pali Coast on Kauai, known as “Jurassic Park island”. An aircraft from Safari Helicopters went missing at about 6pm on Thursday (4am GMT on Friday). "The last contact with the helicopter was made at approximately 4.40pm, when the pilot relayed that the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area," the statement said. Mark Zuckerberg bought a sprawling estate in Kauai in 2014, and has since bought neighbouring parcels of land  The helicopter had six passengers, including two children, on board, as well as the pilot. It was last seen off the coast of Kauai island, where the dinosaur epic was partly filmed. The owner of the helicopter contacted the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu, which coordinated crews to search the scene. The helicopter is equipped with an electronic locator, but officials said that no signals has been received. Nearly 80 per cent of Kauai is uninhabited, and much of that is a state park that most helicopter tours include as a point of interest. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, owns a $ 100 million estate on the island. Officials said weather conditions in the area may factor into the search, but trained crews are on the scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and the seven aboard, said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox, Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center Honolulu. There is reportedly four miles of visibility in the area because of clouds and rain. Winds are at 28mph and waves at six feet, with scattered rain showers. Some of the 70,000 residents there have braced for holiday rains and floods, which closed part of a highway on Christmas Day. The company that conducted the tour was not identified by officials. Politicians in Hawaii have considered implementing tighter restrictions on aerial tours in Hawaii following a string of deadly incidents. The north coast of Kauai Three people were killed when a tour helicopter plummeted onto an Oahu highway in April, and a commercial skydiving plane crashed in June, killing 11 people. Ed Case, a Democrat representative for Hawaii introduced in August a bill that would “impose strict regulations on commercial tour operations,” including helicopters. The bill would prohibit helicopter pilots from serving as tour narrators while flying, among other restrictions. “These tragedies occurred amidst a rapid increase in commercial helicopter and small plane overflights of all parts of Hawaii . . . [and] increased risk to not only passengers but those on the ground,” said Mr Case. However, opponents of the bill pointed out how much money is brought in by the tours. The Hawaii Helicopter Association estimates that air-tour operators contribute nearly $ 150 million to the state’s economy each year. “Safe operations, and regulations to ensure that operations are safe, must take into account the geography, weather including cloud cover, specific equipment and air traffic control,” the association said in September.



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Hawaii tour copter with 7 aboard is missing, search underway

Hawaii tour copter with 7 aboard is missing, search underwayA tour helicopter with seven people aboard disappeared in Hawaii, and a search was underway in weather conditions described as challenging, 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 Coast Guard statement said. The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter took off from the town of Lihue, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday.



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Wildfire Deaths Force Australia PM to Cut Hawaii Vacation

Wildfire Deaths Force Australia PM to Cut Hawaii Vacation(Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut short his vacation in Hawaii and apologized for taking leave while fatal wildfires ravage Australia, reflecting the political pressure building on his government that denies the blazes are linked to climate change.“I deeply regret any offense caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires,” Morrison said in a statement Friday. After two volunteer firefighters were killed and several more seriously injured, Morrison said he “will be returning to Sydney as soon as can be arranged.”He’ll be returning to a city that’s been swathed in thick toxic smoke as about 100 fires burn in New South Wales. In that state, eight people have been killed, more than 6 million acres — an area the size of Massachusetts — have been burnt out and 800 houses destroyed, 40 of them on Thursday, since the fire season started unseasonably early in winter.On Friday the situation worsened in other states, with a person dying in a fire-linked incident in South Australia and one other person unaccounted for. More than 70 blazes were reported in the northern state of Queensland, and residents in four Victorian towns were urged to leave their homes immediately.Morrison’s decision to take leave earlier this week without informing Australians amid what he’s described as a “national disaster” have raised questions about his political judgment just seven months after he was hailed a conservative hero for leading his government to an unlikely election victory.As summer gets underway, the fires are worsening and temperatures are hitting new records. On Wednesday, the average maximum temperature across Australia reached 41.9 degrees Celsius (107.4 degrees Fahrenheit), surpassing the record 40.9 Celsius set a day earlier, according to the weather bureau. On Thursday it reached 41 Celsius, meaning those three days were the three hottest ever recorded.Morrison’s move to cut his family holiday short is an attempt to mitigate a sense among some voters of a leadership void at a time of national crisis, according to political branding expert Andrew Hughes.“This will damage Morrison’s reputation because it raises questions about his appeal to mainstream dads and mums, who are the ones fighting these fires and losing their lives,” said Hughes at the Australian National University in Canberra, the national capital that’s also shrouded in smoke. “Australians understand even prime ministers need holidays, but they’ll be questioning why he chose to do this now, and why he didn’t see the need to tell them.”During the week, Australian Twitter feeds were trending with posts asking where Morrison was as the fires worsened. His government has come under increasing criticism from environmentalists and opposition politicians for its strong support of the coal industry, refusal to put a price on carbon emissions and refusal to link the intense heat and fires to climate change.On Thursday, protesters rallied outside of Morrison’s official Sydney residence, calling for Australia to cut fossil-fuel use and exports, increase support for overworked firefighters, and turn to Indigenous land management techniques that reduced bushfire threats for thousands of years before European settlement.New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who declared a week-long emergency for her state on Thursday and warned that many people’s Christmas vacation plans will be disrupted, described the two volunteer firefighters who died as “heroes.”(Updates with South Australia death in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Jason Scott in Canberra at jscott14@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edward Johnson at ejohnson28@bloomberg.net, Ruth PollardFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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The US Navy sailor who gunned down 2 people at a Hawaii base was reportedly unhappy and in anger management

The US Navy sailor who gunned down 2 people at a Hawaii base was reportedly unhappy and in anger managementThe sailor who fatally shot 2 people Wednesday was in anger management, raising questions about why he was serving as armed sentry.



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Pearl Harbour shooting: two people killed after US sailor attacks base in Hawaii

Pearl Harbour shooting: two people killed after US sailor attacks base in HawaiiTwo people have been killed and one injured after a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at Pearl Harbour military base in Hawaii. Military officials confirmed that a US Navy sailor had attacked three Department of Defense employees before committing suicide.  The injured victim, a 36-year-old man, is in a stable condition in hospital while the attacker died from "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound", officials said. A military spokesman said the situation has been “contained”. One witness saw the attacker shoot himself at the scene.  The Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard was locked down on Wednesday afternoon after the shooting which is believed to have started at 2.30pm local time (10.30pm GMT). A PA system at the base urged people to take cover while staff received text messages alerts telling them to stay inside or find a secure location. The base was on lockdown after the attack Credit: CALEB JONES/AP The shooting took place at Dry Dock 2, near the south entrance of a combined US Air Force and Navy base about 8 miles (13 km) from Honolulu. Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick, commander of the Navy in Hawaii, said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone involved. This is certainly a tragedy for everyone here.” He said it was not yet clear whether the gunman, a sailor assigned to the USS Columbia, knew the victims, who were all shipyard employees. While the investigation into this incident continues, my thoughts and aloha are with the victims of the terrible tragedy at JBPHH and with their families. I join all of Hawaii in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 5, 2019 One witness, who said he saw the gunman kill himself, told Hawaii News Now that he heard loud pops. “I kind of recognise that as gunshots,” he said. “I looked out the window and saw three people on the ground.” “I looked out in time to see the shooter – who I assume was a sailor because he was in uniform – shoot himself.” Base security forces posted on Twitter that they had closed all access gates to the shipyard while they investigated the incident. David Ige, the governor of Hawaii, said the White House has offered assistance. “I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting,” Mr Ige said. A White House spokesman said: "The president has been briefed on the shooting at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam in Hawaii and continues to monitor the situation." The incident comes three days before the anniversary of the attack on the naval base on December 7, 1941 that led the United States to enter World War Two by declaring war on Japan.



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Hawaii Man Dies After Falling 22 Feet Into Lava Tube While Trimming His Trees

Hawaii Man Dies After Falling 22 Feet Into Lava Tube While Trimming His TreesAn elderly Hawaii man died after falling into a 22 feet-deep lava tube in his yard, police said.



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Tropical Storm Erick, approaching Hawaii, set to become a hurricane by late Monday

Tropical Storm Erick, approaching Hawaii, set to become a hurricane by late MondayThe weather system is likely to bring heavy rainfall and local flooding to Hawaii this week.



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A shark attacked a woman in Hawaii, and authorities are warning it's 'still in the area'

A shark attacked a woman in Hawaii, and authorities are warning it's 'still in the area'A 27-year-old woman was bitten twice by a shark while swimming on Tuesday. She is reportedly recovering and in "good health."



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Hawaii governor visits those blocking telescope construction

Hawaii governor visits those blocking telescope constructionThe governor of Hawaii on Tuesday visited protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on the state’s tallest mountain while acknowledging that their grievances were not just about a new observatory but also about the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century. Activists met the governor with a nose-to-nose greeting called honi as he approached a tent where Native Hawaiian elders have been blocking a road prevent to construction equipment and crews from reaching the summit of Mauna Kea. Some Native Hawaiians consider the summit sacred and believe building the Thirty Meter Telescope there will only do more harm to a site that already hosts more than a dozen observatories.



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