Emergency vehicles are positioned near Kilohana Elementary School on Molokai, in Hawaii. (Joey Salamon/AP)

The helicopter crashed into a ridge and fell to the valley below. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the reason for the crash, though the principal of a nearby school reported there was inclement weather. An eyewitness to the crash told Molokai News that a rain swept in fast from out of nowhere.

The helicopter belonged to Blue Hawaiian helicopter tours, which states on its Web site that it is the leading helicopter tour company in Hawaii, with over 25 years of experience.

A young resident spoke about seeing the helicopter drop from the sky:

Molokai News also interviewed the principal of a elementary school about a mile from where the helicopter crashed: