Hawaii helicopter crash: US Navy contractor IDs 4 killed close to Kauai missile facility

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The 4 folks killed in a civilian contracted helicopter crash in Hawaii on Tuesday have been recognized, in keeping with a report.

Croman Corp., the civilian contractor working for the U.S. Navy that was flying the Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, recognized the plane’s chief pilot Wednesday as Daniel Maurice, 64, of Lyle, Washington.

The three different staff on board, Patrick Rader, 55, Ericka Tevez-Valdez, 42, and Mathew Haider, 44, had been additionally killed. Rader was the command pilot whereas Tevez-Valdez and Haider had been mechanics. They had been all residents of the Hawaii island of Kauai.

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Matthew Haider, a mechanic who was amongst 4 individuals who died in a helicopter crash off Kauai, is seen in a Nov. 28, 2021, picture supplied by Penny Haider. (Related Press)

Haider, who was initially from Springfield, Oregon, has a spouse and two youngsters from a earlier marriage, his mom, Penny Haider, advised The Related Press. The helicopter mechanic lived on Kauai for 2 years and took his job significantly, his mother mentioned. 

“Matt was a really action-oriented kind of particular person,” Penny Haider mentioned. “Though this work was intense, he thrived on that depth.”

The crash occurred simply after 10 a.m. close to the Pacific Missile Vary Facility (PMRF) in Kauai County. A PMRF assertion mentioned the helicopter was flying in assist of a variety coaching operation when it crashed close to the north space of the Barking Sands set up. Croman mentioned its crew was beneath contract with the Navy. 

Pacific Missile Vary Facility Barking Sands, a U.S. naval facility, is the world’s largest instrumented, “multi-dimensional” testing and coaching missile vary, in keeping with the U.S. Navy. 

Radar and communication equipment at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, USA.

Radar and communication tools at Pacific Missile Vary Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, USA.
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“PMRF is the one vary on the earth the place submarines, floor ships, plane, and area autos can function and be tracked concurrently,” the Navy added. 

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On its web site, Croman, which relies in Oregon, describes itself as one of many world’s most skilled operators of Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. It has supplied industrial air assist service to the Navy on the base since 2007. 

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash, which occurred the identical day that two Black Hawk helicopters had been concerned in a coaching accident in Utah.

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No crew members had been injured throughout that coaching accident, in keeping with the Utah Nationwide Guard. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.