5 Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Goes Down Off Coast of Hawaii

Holly Kellum
By Holly Kellum
August 16, 2017US News
5 Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Goes Down Off Coast of Hawaii
File photo of a Blackhawk helicopter. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


The Army and Coast Guard are searching for five crewmembers after an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on Tuesday.

Someone on watch at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center in Honolulu received a call at 10:08 p.m. on Aug. 15 from Wheeler Army Airfield about lost communication with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews.

A field of debris was spotted about two miles west of Kaena Point by the Coast Guard and Army aircrews at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday.

Two Black Hawk aircrews were reportedly conducting training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield at the time communication was lost.

The Coast Guard said in an early morning press release on Wednesday they were still searching and that two boats, two helicopters, and one airplane were being deployed.

The Coast Guard said conditions are currently “11 mph winds with 2 foot seas.” Historical weather data shows that shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday it was partly cloudy with only a fraction of an inch of precipitation in Makaha, about nine miles south of Kaena Point.

A little before 8 p.m., Weather Underground data says there was light rain and mist, reducing visibility from 10 miles to six miles. Temperatures ranged from 70 to 83 degrees.

Black Hawk approach
A U.S. Army crew chief in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter preparing to land on a helipad at Camp Stehenson, Guyana, during a training event in support of Exercise Fused Response 2012 on March 8, 2012. (DoD photo by Sgt. Taresha Neal Joiner, U.S. Army.)
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