Five missing after US army helicopter crashes off Hawaii

Five missing after US army helicopter crashes off Hawaii

Five crew members are missing after a US army helicopter crashed into the ocean off Hawaii during a night-time training exercise.

Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk at 10pm local time on Tuesday (9am BST on Wednesday), the US coast guard said.

Rescuers later spotted a debris field about two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu.

A plane, two helicopters and several boats are being used in the search across an area with light winds and 2ft seas.

Two Black Hawk crews were conducting training between Kaena Point and Oahu's Dillingham Airfield at the time communications were lost.

The search began immediately after one aircrew lost visual and video contact with the other helicopter, a spokesman said.

The two helicopters are elements of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

The UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine utility helicopter manufactured for the US army by Sikorsky Aircraft since the 1970s.

Kaena Point is north-west of Honolulu.

More in this Section

New imaging technology to help show how tumours formNew imaging technology to help show how tumours form

High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests, strokes and asthma attacks’High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests, strokes and asthma attacks’

Scientists come together in quest to stop cancer from occurring in first placeScientists come together in quest to stop cancer from occurring in first place

New Orleans sets off blasts to demolish cranes at collapsed hotelNew Orleans sets off blasts to demolish cranes at collapsed hotel


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

More From The Irish Examiner