The remains of six people were recovered Friday at the site of a tour helicopter crash on a Hawaiian island, a fire official said.
There were no signs of any survivors among the seven people on board, said Solomon Kanoho, battalion chief of the Kauai Fire Department. He made the announcement Friday afternoon, hours after crews found the wreckage along the remote north coast of the island.
Authorities identified three of the victims Saturday as the pilot, Paul Matero, 69, of Wailua; Amy Gannon, 47; and Jocelyn Gannon, 13; both of Wisconsin. The Kauai Police Department said in a Facebook post that autopsies are being conducted to positively confirm the identities of the others.
The other four victims are believed to be a family from Switzerland, police said.
Authorities suspended its search Friday due to fog and poor visibility. Additional searches resumed Saturday at first light.
"There are no indications of survivors," Kanoho said, adding the wreckage was in a steep area.
The tour helicopter was reported overdue at around 6 p.m. Thursday. The Safari Helicopter was conducting a tour over the Na Pali area with a pilot and six passengers on board, officials said.
Safari Helicopter said in a statement: "We mourn with the family members of those who were lost in the tragic accident. ... Safari is fully cooperating with the NTSB and the FAA to determine the cause of Thursday's crash."
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The company said its pilot, Matero, was a "seasoned member" with 12 years of experience touring Kauai.
Kauai is an island west of Oahu.
The last contact anyone had with the helicopter was around 4:40 p.m. Thursday when the pilot reported the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, Kauai County officials said.
The aircraft had been scheduled to return around 5:30 p.m. at the landing pad in the town of Lihue. The Coast Guard had said there were two minors aboard.
Kanoho said earlier Friday that there were members of two families on board, a party of two and a party of four.
U.S. Rep. Ed Case, a Democrat who represents a district in Hawaii that includes Honolulu, said in a statement Friday that more must be done to regulate the tour and small-aircraft industries and improve safety.
In September, Case introduced a bill he said would impose strict regulations on commercial tour operators, including helicopters and small planes. It would require that tour flight pilots focus on flying the aircraft and not also act as tour guides. It also would restrict where they can fly and how low.
"Tour helicopter and small aircraft operations are not safe, and innocent lives are paying the price," Case said in a statement Friday.
The FAA said it conducts random and regular surveillance on all Hawaii air tour operators and ensures companies address any issues. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told The Associated Press the agency does not have concerns about the industry statewide.
Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.
Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.