Southern Oregon company owned helicopter that crashed in Hawaii

KEKAHA, Hawaii – Four people died after a helicopter owned by a Southern Oregon company crashed in Hawaii.

NBC News reports the crash happened Tuesday morning near the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai. None of the four crew members on board survived.

The helicopter was reportedly owned by the Croman Corporation, a White City, Oregon, company that provides helicopters and crews to government entities.

Brian Beattie with the Croman Corporation said the crewmembers who died were not from Southern Oregon.

They were identified as follows:

  • Daniel Maurice; 64, Chief Pilot, Check Airman and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
  • Patrick Rader; 55, Command Pilot, Check Airman
  • Ericka Tevez-Valdez; 42, Mechanic and Aircrew
  • Mathew Haider; 44, Mechanic and Aircrew.

Maurice lived in Lyle, Washington. Rader, Tevez-Valdez, and Haider were residents of Kauai. All were Croman Corporation employees.

Beattie said the helicopter was conducting routine training operations under a U.S. Navy contract.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

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