Late Tuesday night an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the ocean, carrying with it five crew members. A massive search and rescue team was launched from the Coast Guard in response to the crash, which occurred two miles off the coast of Hawaii.
At around 10:00pm personnel from the Wheeler Army Airfield base called the Coast Guard saying all communications with the UH-60 helicopter had been lost.
Two of these helicopters were conducting a training exercise — between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield — when the incident occurred.
An hour and a half after communications was lost officials discovered debris near Kaena Point, which is off the island of Oahu and northwest of Honolulu.
According to Fox News: Responders are searching for five missing crew members, using an HC-130 Hercules airplane, several Coast Guard boats and a shore patrol with the Honolulu Fire Department.
It’s not clear what may have caused the crash, but the Coast Guard said the weather on scene currently has 11 mph winds and 2 foot seas.
Night training offshore is routine, Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, public affairs officer for the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press.
The search and rescue mission started as soon as one aircrew lost visual and video contact with the other helicopter, commented Kellogg.
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 Army by Sikorsky Aircraft starting in the 1970s.