Search underway for Army helicopter that crashed off Oahu with 5

Search underway for Army helicopter that crashed off Oahu with 5

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

The Coast Guard got a report of a possible downed aircraft about 10:08 p.m. Tuesday from personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield. "Responders are now searching for the five missing aircrewmen", the Coast Guard said in a news release early this morning.

Two Black Hawk crews were conducting training exercises when communication was lost, the USCG statement said.

Wheeler Army Airfield reported losing contact with the helicopter late Tuesday night, but the Coast Guard just acknowledged the search-and-rescue effort on Wednesday morning.

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Helicopter and boat crews are involved in the search, the Coast Guard said.

The winds on scene are about 11 miles per hour, with 2-foot seas.

The UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine utility helicopter manufactured for the U.S. army by Sikorsky Aircraft since the 1970s. It is noted that two helicopters are members of the 25th combat aviation brigade.

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