Two officials have told The Associated Press that two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak of violence in South Sudan were hit by incoming fire, wounding three U.S. service members.More >>
Gunfire hit a U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said....More >>
Saturday, December 21 2013 7:29 AM EST2013-12-21 12:29:18 GMT
(RNN) – Weekend holiday travel could be hampered by an onslaught of varying weather throughout the U.S. beginning on Saturday. As many as 94.4 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 milesMore >>
Snow in the Midwest, possible tornadoes on the east coast and in the southeast could put a damper on your holiday celebrations.More >>
Nevada authorities say they're trying to determine whether a California man's anger over complications he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a urologist's office,...More >>
Authorities on Friday were trying to determine whether a Northern California man's anger over complications he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a Nevada urologist's office,...More >>
Sixty-three years after Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing during the Korean War, his remains have been returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport.More >>
Sixty-three years after Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport before...More >>
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A routine afternoon in Downtown Honolulu turned into one of fright and alarm just before 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, when a small helicopter made a hard landing onto a city street, skidded nearly 50 feet, then hit a parked car.
The drama had a happy ending, however, as the pilot and her passenger walked away from the landing, and no one on the ground was injured.
The single-engine, two-passenger helicopter came down on Fort Street, just mauka of Beretania Street, shortly before 3:30 p.m. The pilot, 30-year-old Julia Link, was flying with veteran photographer Karl Hedberg of Aerial Photography Hawaii.
Hedberg said link did all the right things, and that the hard landing was almost perfect -- except for a parked car on the right side of Fort Street.
"About the only time I felt my interior get a little shaky is after our skids were down, we did the spin, we hit the car, at that point, yeah," he said.
A cut to Hedberg's scalp was the only injury from the landing. He said he didn't need any stitches.
Hedberg, 71, has been an aerial photographer for more than 40 years. He and Link had just completed a shoot over the Punchbowl and Makiki areas when the engine apparently failed. "Let's see if I got all the shots," he recalled thinking, "because you can't go back up once you're on the ground. And that's when everything went silent."
Hedberg said the incident was a controlled hard landing. "The helicopter is called a rotor wing. And it forms a bit of a parachute as it comes down," he said. "The idea is to bring it down, flare out, as she did, drop the skids down, and set it down."
The pilot was not hurt, and no one on the ground was injured, despite the fact that there were plenty of people around.
"It came down low, came right over my car," said Patti Hookano, who had just turned right out of the Pali Longs Drugs parking lot. "And then of course I was going slow, wondering what was going to happen, then it just crashed right into that car right there and I pulled over."
The car's owner, a Hawaii Pacific University student, says he had just finished taking a final exam when he walked outside and found out his car had been wrecked.
"I just bought it a year ago," said Matthew Lau. "Now it's wrecked."
The Robinson R-22 copter is owned by Mauna Loa Helicopters. This isn't the first time the company has experienced a hard landing incident. In May of last year, another Robinson helicopter went down in Kona, resulting in minor injuries to two men.
The helicopter in today's downtown landing was towed back to the airport idea for further investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration into what caused the engine failure.