Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have recovered a video recorder from the helicopter wreckage of a tour helicopter that crashed on Molokai last week. All five people aboard the helicopter were killed.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the recorder has been sent to the NTSB laboratory in Washington, D.C., for examination.
“It appears to have significant damage so we do not know what information, if any, we will be able to download,” Holloway said Wednesday.
NTSB investigator Dennis Hogenson said the video recorder belonged to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, operator of the tour aircraft that crashed behind Kilohana Elementary School.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters routinely records video of its flights and burns them on DVD for possible sale to passengers.
“Brief takes are made of passengers during the tour to capture expressions to what you are seeing,” according to Blue Hawaiian’s website.
“All music, pilot narration and the microphone communication between you and the pilot are recorded.”
No word yet on whether or not the video recorded has any helpful footage – or any footage at all, on it. We will have to wait and see if the NTSB recovers anything that may help resolve the issue of the tour helicopter crash on Molokai