FAA inspector injured in Maui chopper accident

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 9:33 PM

A Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector and a helicopter tour pilot are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after mechanical problems forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing on Maui.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the inspector suffered a broken ankle during Wednesday's landing near the remote town of Hana, on Maui's east end. The pilot's injuries were not believed to be serious.

Gregor says the aircraft operated by Sunshine Helicopters experienced unknown mechanical problems as the inspector was giving the pilot a routine, annual proficiency check required for commercial pilots.

The helicopter's tail boom broke during the landing.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.

Sunshine Helicopters had no immediate comment.