Part of helicopter, helmet found in Army crash


HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the search for five crew members from a downed Army helicopter off Hawaii (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

Crews searching for five soldiers missing from an Army helicopter crash off Hawaii have found parts of a fuselage and a helmet.

Honolulu fire Capt. David Jenkins said Wednesday that the items were found about 2 miles off Oahu’s Kaena Point. He says the search is focused in the area.

Two Black Hawk crews were conducting training between Kaena Point and Oahu’s Dillingham Airfield late Tuesday when one aircrew lost contact with the other.

The missing helicopter is a UH-60 Black Hawk from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

The Fire Department has rescue boats at the scene, while the U.S. Coast Guard sent an airplane, helicopter and two boats. An Army helicopter crew also is looking.


3:30 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

The Coast Guard says Wheeler Army Airfield reported losing communications late Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk.

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

Several aircraft and boats are being used in the search.

Officials say two Black Hawk crews were conducting training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield at the time communications were lost.

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