Pilot of the Helicopter That crashed Into Water Speaks Out

The pilot apparently steered the helicopter into water to avoid people on shore.
1:12 | 02/25/16

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Transcript for Pilot of the Helicopter That crashed Into Water Speaks Out
And we're learning new information tonight about the pilot in that deadly chopper crash near pearl harbor. The family on board, last night, their teenage son passing away. He had been trapped under water. Rescuers cutting him free. Well, tonight here, why the pilot now says he steered that helicopter right into the water. ABC's David Kerley covers aviation. Reporter: The pilot of this troubled tourist helicopter now tells investigators, he had to M sudden change, just before ending up in the waters of pearl harbor, with bystanders jumping in to rescue the five onboard. Bull was this dramatic move in an effort to save lives? The pilot says he felt a vibration, heard a grinding sound, followed by a loud bang. He plans an emergency landing on a grassy area. He sees people on the lawn. Quick little turns the chopper left, hoping to land on the shoreline. But the helicopter falls suddenly into thes what water. I saw people running and screaming and took off my shirt and dove in the water. Reporter: But they had trouble freeing a 16-year-old boy, part of a family of four from his seat belt. He was the only fatality, with the focus of the investigation on the mechanical issue and how the pilot reacted. David Kerley, ABC news, Washington. David, thank you.

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