The US Coast Guard is searching a Hawaiian island for a helicopter with seven people on board that has been reported missing in bad weather and disappearing from radar.
The helicopter’s owner contacted search and rescue about 45 minutes after the aircraft was due back from a flight around Kauai’s Na Pali coast on officials said.
The helicopter, carrying one pilot and six passengers, disappeared in strong winds and rain.
Searches continue as two of those aboard are believed to be children.
Coast Guard and US Navy helicopters have since been joined by a Coast Guard boat.