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FAA investigates drone collision with Kauai tour helicopter

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources have started an investigation into a report that a drone struck a Kauai tour helicopter.

The collision apparently happened last Friday around 1:45pm when the aircraft of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters flew over the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park near Nualolo Kai.

“There were no reported injuries to the pilot or passengers,” said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor in an e-mailed statement. “The pilot reported scratches on the aircraft belly but no significant damage.”

There are no details known about the drone pilot at this point. According to the Star Advertiser, a representative at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters declined to comment on the collision.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo