South Point, HI – Six Injured When Tourism Helicopter Crashes in Lava Field Near Ka Lae
June 9, 2022
South Point, HI (June 09, 2022) – A tourism helicopter crashed in a lava field on Wednesday, June 8th near South Point.
According to Hawaii County officials, Paradise Helicopters, which is operated by K&S Helicopters, said the crash took place at about 5:25 p.m. when their helicopter, a Bell 407, was giving a guided tour with five passengers and one crew member on board.
An 18-year-old female passenger and a 50-year-old male pilot, who was trapped in the wreckage, sustained serious injuries. The four remaining passengers were said to be injured but ambulatory.
The Hawaii Fire Department ground units were not able to reach the crash site, which was situated a mile from the closest roadway so a chopper was dispatched to extricate three of the less severely injured passengers from the crash site. They were then taken to ground medic units for transport to a local hospital.
A second chopper landed at the scene a short while later and transferred the most seriously injured victim to ground crews and then returned to transport another person in serious condition.
The operation was repeated once more and a third person in critical condition was taken to the Kona Community Hospital in the chopper.
All remaining passengers were transferred by fire crews to Kona Community Hospital.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Tourist Accidents in Hawaii
Hawaii has a well-deserved standing as an amazing location for all kinds of outdoor activities. The year-long temperate climate and easy access to both the mountains and the ocean provides a beautiful setting in which both locals and tourists can enjoy rest, relaxation, and a wide array of activities.
There are, sadly, many organized group activity leaders and guided tour operators who neglect to implement the mandatory safety measures that are required for their participant’s safety. It is also not unusual for their shared equipment to have been poorly maintained and their employees to have little to no training.
In Hawaii, there are seemingly countless activities that pose a risk of injury to those who participate, like ziplining, jet skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, cliff jumping, and many others.
If you were hurt while taking part in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.
It seems to almost be an industry standard for tour and activity operators to place the blame for any injuries on their own patrons. Accident reports filled out by owners, managers, or their employees commonly construct a false narrative that in no way reflects the actual events surrounding the incident.
Their reason for doing this is, of course, to shield their company from any liability. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii recreational injury attorneys will fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and effectively decide if negligent behavior on the part of an employee, operator, or owner played a role in your injuries.
Almost every corporation that manages these kinds of group recreational activities makes their patrons sign a waiver before they are allowed to participate in order to protect the company from any liability when injuries occur.
The belief that signing a waiver bars an injured victim from bringing a personal injury claim as a matter of due course is a misconception. A waiver only provides protection against inherent dangers affiliated with the activity that were fully disclosed. Owners are also required to make sure their patrons are physically able to participate and are given any and all essential instructions. If an owner, manager, or employee neglected to do so, your waiver is likely invalid.
Our Hawaii personal injury lawyers can review your signed waiver as well as all of its contents and provisions and determine the scope of its validity.
When you contact our Hawaii vacation accident lawyers at (808) 537-2525, you can rest assured that we will start work on your case right away. We work diligently to make sure that our client’s rights are protected and that they receive the compensation the law entitles them to.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.