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Copter crash victims named

March 10, 2007|From the Associated Press

PRINCEVILLE, HAWAII — The three passengers killed when their tour helicopter crashed on Kauai and the three survivors were from Arkansas, California and New York, authorities said Friday.

The helicopter went down at Princeville Airport on Thursday shortly after its Heli-USA Airways pilot radioed that he was having problems with the hydraulics.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom as far as a mile away and the sound of crunching metal as the helicopter hit the ground about 200 yards from its normal landing pad. Two men and two women died, three in the crash and one on the way to a hospital.

The passengers killed were John O'Donnell of East Rockaway, N.Y.; Teri McCarty of Cabot, Ark., and Margriet Scholtz of Santa Maria, Calif., county spokeswoman Mary Daubert said. She identified the survivors as Veronica O'Donnell, James McCarty and Cornelius Scholtz.

The pilot, William Joseph Sulak, was also killed.

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