Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Missing After Army Helicopter Downed Near Hawaii

Missing After Army Helicopter Downed Near Hawaii

Tuesday night. An extensive rescue effort hoping to locate survivors now underway involves helicopters from Wheeler Army Airfield, the U.S. Coast Guard, An HC13o from Coast Guard Station Barbers Point and multiple boats from the Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Service.

"The U.S. coast guard and military crews searched the ocean off the Hawaiian Islands in search of the five crew members of a military helicopter that reportedly crashed during exercises", the statement reads.

Responders were still searching for the missing crewmen as of Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard said it received a call around 10:08 p.m. from personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield saying the base lost communications with one of its UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews.

Responding teams reported spotting a debris field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of Kaena Point, Oahu, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Fire Department has rescue boats at the scene, while the U.S. Coast Guard sent an airplane, helicopter and two boats.

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