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Hawaii Helicopter Association Unaffected by FAA Review

March 18, 2018, 8:09 AM HST
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The Hawaii Helicopter Association, which represents the state’s leading providers of air tours, special charters and utility flights, is deeply saddened by the March 11, 2018, helicopter accident in New York City.

Five people were killed after a helicopter crashed into the East River off Manhattan on Sunday, March 11, 2018, leaving only the pilot alive.

In the wake of the crash that crash, Federal Aviation Administration regulators on Friday afternoon, March 17, ordered an immediate stop to all “doors-off” helicopter flights that attach passengers to the cabin with harnesses that cannot be removed quickly in an emergency. Following this accident, the FAA has ordered a review of specific restraining systems for helicopter passengers and crew.

The member companies of the HHA are unaffected by this review.

All member companies comply with FAA regulations for flight safety, including the use of approved seat belt restraint systems. HHA members remain committed to meeting and exceeding safety standards.

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About the Hawaii Helicopter Association
The Hawaii Helicopter Association is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 2017 by the state’s
leading providers of air tours, special charters and utility flights. The association’s ten member companies represent more than 700 families and over $100 million in economic activity across Hawaii. The HHA works with community, legislative, regulatory and industry stakeholders to ensure responsible helicopter operations and best practices statewide. For more, visit HawaiiHelicopterAssociation.org.

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