The accident helicopter. Photo courtesy of Tomas Milosch.)

​​​​​​The accident helicopter. Photo courtesy of Tomas Milosch

Board Meeting: Collision into Terrain Safari Aviation Inc. Airbus AS350 B2, N985SA

​​WASHINGTON (April 26, 2022) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public in-person board meeting May 10 to consider the draft final report on a fatal air tour helicopter accident.

On December 26, 2019, at about 4:47 p.m. Hawaii standard time, a seven-seat helicopter operated by Safari Aviation Inc. as a commercial air tour flight collided into terrain in a remote, wooded area near Kekaha, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. The pilot and the six passengers were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. 

​During the meeting, the NTSB members will vote on investigators' findings and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft report.

WHAT: An NTSB meeting on the Dec. 26, 2019, Kekaha, Hawaii, helicopter accident.

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

WHERE: NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, District of Columbia.

WEBCAST: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

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Attend In Person

Those who choose to attend the May 10 Board Meeting in person must

  • ​Conduct self-screening for COVID symptoms before arriving at the location. If you feel sick, we ask that you stay home.
  • Comply with our agency safety protocols inside the NTSB Board Room. Protocols may include masking and distancing, as appropriate. 

We will follow COVID-19 mitigations measures based on CDC COVID-19 Community Levels in the Washington, D.C. metro area for the week of the board meeting.