Another great loss for the U.S. military occurred last week as the Army lost communication with a Black Hawk helicopter on August 16 near the North Shore of Oahu, HI.
On August 22, the five aviators were presumed dead as the search and rescue was suspended and a “recovery” mission took over.
96,000 square miles were searched over the past week. The chopper, from Wheeler Army Airfield’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, was on a routine nighttime training mission according to Hawaii News Now.
Part of the chopper fuselage and a service helmet were found on the first day of the search.
The soldiers were identified on August 21 (see incomplete picture above from Hawaii News Now):
1st Lieutenant Kathryn M. Bailey, 26; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian M. Woeber, 41; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell, 32; Staff Sgt. Abigail R. Milam, 33; and Sgt. Michael L. Nelson, 30.
All five are still missing.
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