The Latest: 2 identified in fatal Hawaii helicopter crash
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a fatal Hawaii helicopter crash (all times local):
The pilot and one of two female passengers in a fatal Hawaii helicopter crash have been identified by Honolulu’s Medical Examiner’s office.
The department said Tuesday that 28-year-old pilot Joseph G. Berridge and 28-year-old Ryan McAuliffe of Chicago were killed in the Monday crash on a residential street in Kailua, a Honolulu suburb.
Officials also said that autopsies found all three people aboard the helicopter died of injuries from the crash. They said identification of the final passenger is pending.
The department said in a statement that toxicology and other testing required by the Federal Aviation Administration may take weeks or months.
The statement said the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are leading the investigation.
The father of a 28-year-old pilot says his son was among three people killed in a Hawaii helicopter crash.
Bobby Berridge said Tuesday his son Joseph Berridge moved to Honolulu two weeks ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He says it was his son’s dream to live in Hawaii and pilot helicopter tours.
Officials say all three people onboard the tour helicopter died Monday when it crashed on a residential street in Kailua, a Honolulu suburb.
The Honolulu medical examiner’s office hasn’t released the names of those who died.
Bobby Berridge says his son’s employer, Novictor Helicopters, contacted his son’s girlfriend about the crash. CEO and chief pilot Nicole Vandelaar declined to confirm the pilot’s name.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash site Tuesday.