The Army is searching for a crew of a UH-60 helicopter after it went down during a training exercise about 2 miles off the Hawaiian island of Oahu, according to military sources.
The Black Hawk was part of a pair of helicopters taking part in normal night training on Tuesday night when it went down off the mostly uninhabited Kaena Point on the west side of Oahu.
The two helicopters were training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield when communications were lost with the crew that went down according to the US Coast Guard.
Three helicopters, a Coast Guard cutter and response boat and the Honolulu Fire Department were among those responding.
The Coast Guard spotted a debris field near Kaena Point at 11:28 p.m. (5:28 a.m. ET), roughly 80 minutes after personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield in central Oahu lost communications with the helicopter.Advertisement
Weather in the area is partly cloudy with winds of 15 to 25 mph and 2-foot seas.
The Army is adamant about this still being a search and rescue mission and wants to bring the airman back home safely. They’ve alerted residents in the area that if they come across any debris or wreckage that washes up on the beach, that they shouldn’t touch it and alert authorities.
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