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

Media Advisory Air Tour Helicopter Crash Subject of Board Meeting


​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.  ​The street entrance to the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center is located on 10th Street SW running between D Street and Frontage Road, SW just below the L'Enfant Plaza Promenade.

WEBCAST: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/.

For those attending the meeting in person, COVID-19 mitigation measures, which are based on CDC COVID-19 Community Levels in the Washington, D.C. metro area, will be announced via media advisory and posted on the Board Meeting webpage the Friday before the meeting. Measures may include masking and social distancing. See the Board meeting webpage.

Media intending to cover the board meeting remotely (via webcast) are asked to RSVP to ​​ntsbmediarelations@ntsb.gov  to facilitate receipt of materials available to media covering the meeting in person.

A recording of the availability will be made available on the NTSB YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/NTSBgov​, shortly after the session.

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).