CHICAGO (CBS) — A newly engaged couple from Will County survived a helicopter crash in Hawaii, after 35-year-old Carli McConaughy grabbed the controls when the pilot passed out.
McConaughy and 31-year-old Adam Barnett were just engaged last weekend, and were on vacation in Hawaii when they took a helicopter tour on Oahu on Monday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
While flying over Kaneohe Bay, the pilot suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness.
McConaughy was in the front seat, and grabbed the controls as the chopper was going down and tried to pull up.READ MORE: Northwestern Alums Create 'The Seeker,' A Highly Accurate Football Thrower They Call A Robotic QB
While the helicopter crashed on a sandbar, the couple and the pilot survived.
McConaughy, of Channahon, and Barnett, of Joliet, both suffered broken bones. They were released from the hospital and have returned home.
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The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.