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Army Identifies Missing Black Hawk Crew After Suspending Search
On Aug. 20, the Army released the names of the five soldiers who went missing Aug. 15 in the waters near Oahu, Hawaii, when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed.
The crew has been identified as 1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell, Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam, Sgt. Michael Nelson, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber, all of 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
After six days of searching, the Coast Guard suspended its search for the crew on Aug. 21, moving from actively searching for members of the crew to recovering debris from the crash, reported local news station KHON 2.
“It is a difficult decision for all of us, and for the families most of all,” Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division, told reporters in press briefing. “I know that all the responders helping in this rescue effort join me and the rest of this division in offering the families of the missing soldiers our deepest condolences and sympathies. They have been and will constantly remain in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.”
The Black Hawk was one of two aircraft from the 25th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade performing a routine training mission the night it went down.
The Coast Guard’s search initially spanned five miles from Kaena Point, off northwest Oahu, but was expanded when officials realized how strong the area’s currents were.
“Looking at available information and the Coast Guard’s resident knowledge having conducted these searches before, it was determined that active search-and-rescue operations would no longer likely be able to locate the crew in the manner of which we were searching,” Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg, 25th Infantry Division spokesman, told reporters.
KHON reported that there is a still a five-mile safety zone near the crash zone, and that local residents should not touch debris from the helicopter as it can be dangerous.
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