Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators. Exposing Misconduct.

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators

January 31, 2020

Two whistleblowers separately raised concerns about the federal oversight of Hawaii’s helicopter tour industry prior to 2019 crashes on Kauai and Oahu that killed 10 people, according to a U.S. Senate report released Friday.

One of those whistleblowers, Federal Aviation Administration inspector Joseph Monfort, said he was denied a travel request to inspect Safari Aviation on Kauai weeks before the tour company’s Eurocopter AS350 crashed in remote terrain near the island’s northern coast, the report states. All seven people aboard died in the crash.

Monfort had flagged the pilot in the Kauai crash in 2016 for “deficiencies,” a fact sheet from the U.S. Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee states.

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