Search Continues For Fourth Crewmember
Search efforts are underway following the fatal downing of a US
Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a training exercise
Thursday night south of Honolulu, HI.
USCG Rear Admiral Manson Brown told the Honolulu Advertiser
three of the Dolphin's four-man crew were killed when the helo
impacted the water six miles off Sand Island, during a "routine"
mock search-and-rescue exercise. The accident occurred at
approximately 8:15 pm.
Three crewmembers were recovered from the water by the Honolulu
Fire Department, and transported to Queens Medical Center, where
they were pronounced dead. A fourth crewmember remains missing as
of Friday morning.
"This is a very difficult case because rescuers are being
rescued," said Brown, 14th Coast Guard District commander.
The helicopter was based at USCG Air Station Barbers Point. The
Coast Guard says its the first major downing of one of its rescue
helicopters in over 25 years.
Crews onboard a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and Coast
Guard lifeboat were in the area at the time of the accident, and
saw the Dolphin go down. The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 rescue
plane to the accident site.
Personnel with the fire and police departments, as well as US
Navy officials, are assisting in search efforts.
Make/Model: S65C Description: SA-365C
Date: 09/04/2008 Time: 0615
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: HONOLULU State: HI Country:
HELICOPTER CRASHED DURING TRAINING MANEUVERS, HONOLULU,
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 4 Fat:
0 Unk: 1
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
Activity: Training Phase:
Maneuver Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: HONOLULU, HI
Entry date: 09/05/2008