5 crewmen missing after Army chopper crashes near Oahu

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"The U.S. coast guard and military crews searched the ocean off the Hawaiian Islands in search of the five crew members of a military helicopter that reportedly crashed during exercises", the statement reads.

"As we do this work, the soldiers and their families are in the forefront of our minds".

Kaena Point is north-west of Honolulu.

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Kaena is a remote spot where Oahu's northern and western coasts meet to form a peninsula.

Coast Guard, Army and Marine Corps aircraft were searching waters off Kaena Point on northwestern Oahu on Wednesday, where a debris field was located about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the search is focused in the area.

"Our aviation assets, as well as all of our soldiers, train at night".

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The two helicopters are elements of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

The search began immediately after one of the crews lost visual and video contact with the other helicopter.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center in Honolulu received a call at 10:08 p.m. from personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield saying they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

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The UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.

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