Dec. 14--Makani Kai Air, whose plane crash Wednesday killed state Health Director Loretta Fuddy, has had five previous accidents or incidents involving the helicopters that the company also operates.
One of those was a midair collision between a company helicopter and another plane.
However, Makani Kai claims on its website that neither its airplanes nor helicopters have had an accident or incident in the company's more than 20-year history.
Makani Kai President Richard Schuman could not be reached for comment Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration released records Friday that revealed the five previous accidents or incidents for Schuman Aviation, which does business as Makani Kai.
None, however, involved injuries or fatalities.
Those incidents are as follows:
--July 8, 1996: A Hughes 369 helicopter had a midair collision with a Mooney M20 plane near Diamond Head during a movie shoot. The helicopter went down in the ocean, and the Mooney landed without incident.
--June 30, 1998: A Bell 206B helicopter landed without incident in an open field on Oahu after the pilot reported hearing a noise in the main rotor area.
--July 7, 2002: An AS350 helicopter made a hard landing near Wiliwilinui Ridge.
--Jan. 5, 2009: An AS350 made a hard landing near Wiliwilinui Ridge following a reported loss of engine power.
--May 13, 2012: An AS350 made an emergency landing after ingesting trash into the tail rotor at Honolulu Airport.
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