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US helicopter with 7 on board missing off Hawaii

In this image courtesy of the US Coast Guard (USCG), a USCG Air Station Clearwater helicopter crew conducts a search and rescue mission. (File photo)

A tour helicopter with seven people on board has disappeared in the US state of Hawaii, the US Coast Guard has said and they are searching for it.

The Coast Guard said in a statement on Friday that the helicopter went missing on Thursday evening.

“They stated the aircraft was due back at 5:21 p.m. from a tour of Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast with one pilot and six passengers,” the statement noted. Two of the missing passengers were children.

The statement added that the helicopter was equipped with an electronic locator but no signals had been received.

An official at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center called weather conditions challenging.

This screen grab from video footage shows a view from a helicopter searching for another copter that has been missing since Thursday, along the Hawaii coast.

“The weather conditions are challenging,” said Petty Officer First Class Robert Cox, Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu.

“We have trained crews responding and on scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and those aboard,” he added.

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