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Four dead in helicopter crash at US Naval Base in Hawaii

A helicopter operated by a military contractor crashed during a training mission in Hawaii on Tuesday, killing all four people on board, the US Navy said.

The 58-foot Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, supporting training operations at the Pacific Missile Facility on Kauai, and operated by Chrome Corporationa contracting company based in Oregon, the Navy said.

Brian Beattie, the company’s chief operating officer, said the four people on board the helicopter were all Croman employees. The aircraft is “performing routine training operations under contract with the US Navy,” he added.

Their identities were yet to be released as of late Tuesday.

Mr. Beattie tell Hawaii News Now that something was amiss when the helicopter was trying to drop an object it retrieved from the water.

Witnesses described the helicopter suddenly going downhill.

Chris Turner, who owns a boat tour company, told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser The helicopter was at the north end of the runway to drop items when it made an unusual right turn and then plummeted down the runway.

Mr Turner told The Star-Advertiser: “It just went down. “That’s top speed. It was crazy.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a post on social media that the agency is investigating the accident.

The military conducts missile tests and training at the 2,385-acre base on the west coast of Kauai, the northernmost of Hawaii’s main islands. The naval base has an underwater range of more than 1,000 square miles, for exercises involving submarines and surface ships, and 42,000 square miles of airspace.

Helicopter and plane deaths are not uncommon in Hawaii. In December 2019, seven people on board tourist helicopter died when the plane crashed south of Kauai. More than a dozen people were killed in other plane crashes that year in Hawaii.

Tuesday’s crash in Kauai was one of many military-related helicopter crashes that occurred on Tuesday morning. In Utah, two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed near Snowbird Resort during a training exercise, Utah National Guard said. No injuries.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/us/helicopter-crash-navy-hawaii.html Four dead in helicopter crash at US Naval Base in Hawaii

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