Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Hawaii, Coast Guard says

An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down during a training exercise about two miles off the Hawaiian island of Oahu, according to the US Coast Guard.

Emergency response workers are searching for five missing crewmen.

According to Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, a spokesperson for the 25th Infantry Division, the aircraft lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 p.m.

Two pilots and three crew members were on board, he said. The Army has notified the soldiers’ families, Kellogg said.

Capt. David Jenkins said crew members from the Honolulu Fire Department found parts of a fuselage and a helmet on a debris field, which officials spotted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near Kaena Point off the island of Oahu.

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, said Lt. Col. Kellogg. The two helicopters are elements of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

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