Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island.
The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. The crash happened in an area that is primarily uninhabited and military personnel says that it was “unlikely [the helicopter would] have been carrying ordinance” because of the type of training it was conducting.
The Army, Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire and Police Departments were conducting search and rescue operations for the missing crew members Wednesday.
Tuesday night’s crash is the second non-combat Black Hawk helicopter crash in the U.S. in four months. In April, another Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a golf course in Leonardtown, Maryland, Righting Injustice reported, killing one crew member and injuring two others. The aircraft is manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. The four-bladed, twin-engine utility helicopter is used to transport troops, evacuate casualties, and to conduct search and rescue operations.
The summer has proven tragic for military aviation. In June a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 crashed in Mississippi killing all 16 on board. Earlier this month a Marine MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia, killing three of the 26 Marines on board.
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