Army, Coast Guard launch search for missing Black Hawk crew

The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

Officials say two Black Hawk crews were conducting training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield at the time communications were lost.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center in Honolulu were called around 10 p.m. Tuesday after personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews.

Multiple air and boat crews continued Wednesday morning to search for the five people who were on the helicopter when it apparently crashed.

Responding teams reported spotting a debris field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of Kaena Point, Oahu, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said the response includes:

– An HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
– An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
– A Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364) and crew, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu
– A 45-foot response boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu
– A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter aircrew from Wheeler Army Airfield
– Shore patrol and a boatcrew from Honolulu Fire Department

Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report