Six members of two families killed in Hawaiian helicopter crash

Six people from two different families are believed to be among the seven victims of a helicopter crash in Hawaii that killed everyone on board while touring the region featured in the Jurassic Park series.

The tour helicopter went down on Thursday (local time) in one of the most rugged and remote coastlines in Hawaii on the island of Kauai, killing all six passengers on board and the pilot.

Among the dead are believed to be four members from the same family from Switzerland, their names have yet to be released as authorities wait for autopsies to confirm identifications. 

They have only identified as a 50-year-old woman, 49-year-old man, 13-year-old girl and 10-year old girl. 

Among the dead are Any Gannon, 47 and her daughter, Jocelyn Gannon. 13 (left) and pilot, Paul Matero, 69 (right). Source: Facebook

Wisconsin residents Any Gannon, 47 and her 13-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Gannon, have been identified by the Kauai Police Department as two of the bodies found at the wreckage of the crash site.

The pilot has been identified as Hawaii local, 69-year-old pilot, Paul Matero.

The helicopter company, identified as Safari Helicopters, contacted the Coast Guard about 6pm on Thursday (local time) to say the aircraft was about 30 minutes overdue.

The U.S. Coast Guard searches along the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai the day after a tour helicopter crashed. Source: AP

According to a preliminary report, the pilot said the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", about 4.40pm, which was the last contact with the helicopter, Kauai police said.

The Eurocopter AS350 has an emergency electronic locator transmitter but no signals were received.

The locator devices are designed to activate when an aircraft crashes, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

He said the agency is looking at the company's safety record but likely won't have a full report until Monday.

It's investigating along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

—With AP

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