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Civilian helicopter goes down in Pearl Harbor

02/18/16 12:00 AM

PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – Five passengers were safely recovered after a civilian helicopter went down in the waters of Pearl Harbor at about 10:30 a.m. today in the area near the Ford Island bridge and the National Park Service Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Navy boats and Federal Fire (FFD) were among the first responders to the scene. All five reported passengers were recovered at the scene and transported to local hospitals for further evaluation.

Operations at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including visits to the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended until further notice. FFD and security personnel have immediately secured the area to conduct their investigation.

The helicopter reportedly belongs to Genesis Aviation.

The safety of base personnel, the public and the environment remain priorities as the investigation continues.

Updated information will be posted on JBPHH Facebook/Twitter and website,