LIHUE, Hawaii — Rescue workers who trekked to the wreckage of a tour helicopter in a remote mountainous area of Kauai found the bodies of four people Monday. They were searching for the body of the fifth person on board the craft.
Four county firefighters were dropped atop the mountain by an Army Black Hawk helicopter and made their way on foot through thick vegetation down the steep cliff face, said Cyndi Ozaki, spokeswoman for Kauai County.
The helicopter then used a line to lift out the bodies of the victims one at a time.
Ozaki said the tour helicopter apparently slid down from the point where it crashed into the mountain, although she could not say how far. She said there were no survivors.
Authorities said the aircraft burst into flames on impact and was burned beyond recognition.
Aboard the privately operated tour helicopter were the pilot, a 36-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a German couple, officials said. No names were released.