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Hawaii safer than ever (in the sky)
Last year was a below-average year (a good thing), with only two accidents. A plane crash on Mauna Loa killed three, and a forced helicopter landing in Hilo in February 2008 led to five minor injuries.
The improvement shows that a solid track record can still get better. Hawaii's 2.5 accidents/year is well below the national average 13 (down from 18). Stricter FAA rules, technological advancements and a "better dialogue between tour firms and regulators" are credited with the success.