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Army identifies missing Black Hawk crew members after suspending lengthy search

Army identifies missing Black Hawk crew members after suspending lengthy search

UH-60 Black Hawk similar to one that went down.

Search efforts are continuing further from shore for five missing Army aviators missing from a downed U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, the western tip of Oahu, Hawaii.

Crews in Hawaii have been searching around the clock since Tuesday night.

Tuesday's incident is the latest in a series of recent US military aircraft crashes.




Coast Guard officials said the search involved an area of more than 72,575 square nautical miles, 0r 96,110 square statute miles, in more than 132 separate searches. A crew from the Army Combat Readiness center in Alabama is flying in.

The Coast Guard spotted a debris field near Kaena Point roughly 80 minutes after personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield in central Oahu lost communications with the helicopter. On Wednesday, firefighters found and collected what appeared to be pieces of helicopter fuselage and a helmet.

"As we pick up debris, we'll bring that back here and we'll assemble that, but investigators will eventually delve into what may or may not have caused this", said Lt. Col. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of the 25th Infantry Division.

An airplane, two helicopters and several boats are being used in the search across an area with light winds and two-foot seas. After an army helicopter disappeared from radar.