A helicopter crashed in a lava field in Hawaii on Wednesday and all six people on board have been safely evacuated from the site, but two are in serious condition, officials said.

Cyrus Johnasen, a public information office for Hawaii County, said it was a tour helicopter with a pilot and five passengers. He said the pilot, a man in his 50s, had been trapped but was later extracted and was in serious but stable condition. An 18-year-old woman was reported in serious and worsening condition. Four people were reported as ambulatory. No other information on their identities was immediately released.

The initial report came in about 5 p.m. and said the aircraft had crashed near the southern most tip of the Big Island, Johnasen said. The site was inaccessible by vehicle so the Hawaii Fire Department sent two helicopters to take victims to ambulances waiting at nearby roads.

“It’s a fluid situation,” Mayor Mitch Roth said.

The helicopter crashed in a lava field in Hawaii, as the aircraft crashed near the southern most tip of the Big Island.
The helicopter crashed in a lava field in Hawaii, as the aircraft crashed near the southern most tip of the Big Island.
Hawaii Fire Department
The pilot, a man in his 50s, was trapped but later extracted and was in serious but stable condition.
The pilot, a man in his 50s, was trapped after the crash — but later extracted and listed in serious, but stable condition.
Hawaii Fire Department
The site was inaccessible by vehicle, as the Hawaii Fire Department sent two helicopters to take victims to ambulances.
The site was inaccessible by vehicle, as the Hawaii Fire Department sent two helicopters to take victims to ambulances.
Hawaii Fire Department
No information was immediately released on what caused the crash.
No information was immediately released on what caused the crash.
Hawaii Fire Department

Johnasen said it was unclear if all six had been transported to hospitals or if emergency responders were continuing treatment themselves in the ambulances.

No information was immediately released on what caused the crash.

Author

Comments are closed.