Pilot charged in fatal helo crash

 - September 25, 2006, 6:33 AM

A pilot has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges following an accident in Hawaii last September that killed three passengers. Glen Lampton, a pilot for air-tour operator Heli USA, was flying a company AStar when it crashed into the sea near Kauai’s Ke’e Beach. Two other passengers and Lampton were uninjured. A trial has been set for July. Kauai first deputy prosecutor Richard Minatoya said this is the first time in Hawaii that criminal charges had been filed against a pilot who was involved in a fatal aircraft accident. At an arraignment earlier this month Lampton posted $100,000 bail and asked the court to allow him to travel to and from his home in Las Vegas.