Five Missing Army Aviators Now Sought in “Recovery” Rather Than “Rescue”–Hawaii

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.

Thanks to our sources:

Missing soldiers identified as Coast Guard ends search for Black Hawk crew