The wreckage of an Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed near Hawaii was found about five miles off the coast of Oahu but there was no sign of the five missing crew members.
Searchers spent Wednesday retrieving wreckage from an Army helicopter that went missing the night before about 5 miles off the coast of northwest Oahu; however, no trace of the five crew members had been found by mid-afternoon.
The Army had contacted family members of the UH-60 Black Hawk’s two pilots and three crew members, said Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg, a 25th Infantry Division spokesman, during a news conference at the search’s command center in Haleiwa Harbor. He did not identify the soldiers, who are with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Wheeler Army Airfield, Oahu.
“This is still a search-and-rescue operation,” Kellogg said
The Black Hawk was one of two helicopters conducting routine night training. It lost radio contact with personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield at about 9:30 p.m., at which time the second helicopter made a preliminary search. – Military.com
The Coast Guard has been utilizing a C-130 and Dolphin helicopter in the search. They have been joined by Marine Corps helicopters and two cutters.
Featured image U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Zach Anderson