USMC Helicopters Collide Off Hawaii – 12 Missing

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Two USMC Helicopters Collide Off Hawaii

Two aircraft from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st MAW in Hawaii collided off the coast of Oahu late Thursday night. The Coast Guard was notified of the two missing helicopters around 11 p.m.. Search and rescue efforts are currently underway.

Both the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department were notified at about the same time.

USMC helicopters collide

USMC photo

Debris spotted

The CH-53E aircraft went missing near Haleiwa. Each helicopter was carrying 6 people, for a total of 12 missing. A search of the area spotted a fire and a debris field that is 1.5 miles wide, about 2.5 miles from Haleiwa. An empty life raft was seen floating in the debris field.

KHON reported,

Witnesses in the area say they heard a loud boom over the water and saw a big flare in the sky. Residents say it felt like an earthquake.

The area is forecast to have 10 to 15 foot waves, with rapid building to 30 to 40 feet Friday morning…

Honolulu police are asking the public to not touch any debris they find in the area. The items may help in the investigation. People should call police if they find anything that appears out of the ordinary in the area.

Two Coast Guard cutters, the Ahi from Maui, and the Kiska from Hilo are en route to the scene.

The Marine Corps is investigating the incident.

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