21 Year Sightseeing Tour Accident Summary

Hawaii Helicopter Crashes

Warning: (Nov 2011) Blue Hawaiian has another fatal crash (5 deaths) in their EC130 helicopter. Meanwhile, the A-Star 350 continues it’s perfect safety record with Safari Helicopters and Air Maui.

Hawaii Helicopter Crash

Heli USA is no longer operating in Hawaii (Photo Credit: Dennis Fujimoto, 2007)

Hawaii Helicopter Tour Accident Statistics

When researching Hawaii helicopter tours, safety is of the utmost importance. You don’t want to ruin your Hawaii vacation (and more importantly lose your life) because you chose a helicopter company that didn’t put safety first.

Aloha Hawaii does not guarantee the safety of any helicopter tour, but when we take a Hawaii helicopter ride, we definitely take into strong consideration a companies past tour operating history.

The following Hawaii helicopter crash statistics are provided by NSTB (National Transportation Safety Board). Companies WITH and WITHOUT crashes are represented. Companies no longer doing tours are not included.

Note: These accident statistics are for helicopter tours only. Commercial work is much riskier and these types of accidents are not included.


Alex Air

Accidents
10/11/1995
10/14/1996
11/12/1996

NSTB Report #
LAX96LA009
LAX06IA011
LAX97LA039

Damage
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial

Injuries/Death
4 Minor Injuries
None
None

Islands Served: Maui

Air Maui (Aris, Inc.)

Accidents
None

Islands Served: Maui

Blue Hawaiian

Accidents
07/21/2000
07/08/2004
01/05/2006
11/16/2009
11/10/2011

NSTB Report #
LAX00MA273
LAX04LA256
LAX06LA080
Not Reported*
WPR12MA034

Damage
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Minor
Substantial

Injuries/Death
7 Fatal
1 Minor
2 Minor
None
5 Fatal

Islands Served: Maui, Kauai, Big Island & Oahu

*No NTSB Record but reported in Maui News on 11/17/2009 with passenger’s Letter to Editor on 12/03/2009 describing engine failure and autorotation into cane field.

Island Helicopters

Accidents
06/06/1991

NSTB Report #
LAX91LA248

Damage
Substantial

Injuries/Death
3 Serious, 1 Minor

Islands Served: Kauai

Inter-Island Helicopters

Accidents
06/23/1990
06/23/1990
04/18/1994
03/11/07

NSTB Report #
LAX90FA230A
LAX90FA230B
LAX94FA197
CHI07MA083

Damage
Mid-Air
Mid-Air
Substantial
Substantial

Injuries/Death
None
None
1 Fatal; 4 Serious
1 Fatal; 3 Serious

Islands Served: Kauai

Jack Harter Helicopters

Accidents
07/23/2003

NSTB Report #
LAX03FA241

Damage
Substantial

Injuries/Death
5 Fatal

Islands Served: Kauai

Safari Helicopters

Accidents
None

Islands Served: Kauai & Big Island

Sunshine Helicopters

Accidents
08/24/1999
04/01/2000
09/09/2003
01/10/2006
04/20/2007

NSTB Report #
LAX99LA282
LAX00LA167
LAX03LA297
LAX06LA072
SEA07LA110

Damage
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial

Injuries/Death
None
None
None
1 Serious
1 Serious; 4 Minor

Islands Served: Maui, Big Island & Kauai

Tropical & Paradise Helicopters (K&S Helicopters)

Accidents
09/29/2001
06/15/2003
01/21/2005
10/02/2006
02/07/2008
11/20/2009

NSTB Report #
LAX01FA306
LAX03FA200
LAX05LA074
LAX07LA002
SEA08FA071
WPR10LA060

Damage
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial
Substantial

Injuries/Death
2 Minor
4 Fatal
None
2 Minor
5 Minor
None

Islands Served: Big Island & Oahu

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