Prayer Request

Prayers requested.

My brother and my fiance are HH-65 CG pilots and thank God were not involved.

None the less, the CG is a small branch where everyone knows almost everyone. It makes every loss incredibly difficult.

There is still no word as to what happened. They were on a Search and Rescue (SAR) training mission, and these were seasoned pilots. I cannot imagine. Needless to say, my mood is not terribly bright and shiny, and there wasn't much sleep to be had last night, so this will likely be my only post for today.


3 killed, 1 missing in Honolulu Coast Guard helicopter crash

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed last night during a search-and-rescue training exercise six miles off Sand Island, killing three of four crewmembers aboard.

Search efforts were continuing for the fourth crewmember.

"This is a very difficult case because rescuers are being rescued," said Rear Adm. Manson Brown, 14th Coast Guard District commander.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said three of four people aboard the helicopter, which crashed about 7:30 p.m., were accounted for. The three were taken to The Queen's Medical Center, where they reportedly died.

The Coast Guard declined comment on the condition of the three men, citing notification policies.

Brown said witnesses aboard a passing Air Force C-17 transport aircraft and Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat saw the Barbers Point-based helicopter go down. The helicopter and boat were doing "routine training," Brown said.

Coast Guard officials said the last major crash of one of its rescue helicopters occurred in 1982 on Moloka'i.

The Coast Guard was notified of the crash by the FAA and launched a C-130 search plane from Air Station Barbers Point.

The inbound Air Force C-17 circled the crash site until a rescue boat from the Honolulu Fire Department could get on scene.

Fire, police and Navy personnel were assisting in the search for the crewmember.

Coast Guard 14th District commander Rear Adm. Manson Brown and Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig (background) at media briefing.


September 04, 2008 11:50 PM

UPDATE: Fire crews stopped their search at 1:30 Friday morning. They plan to pick it up at daybreak. Coast Guard crews continue to search through the night.

A Coast Guard Helicopter has crashed about 6 miles off the reef runway.

Honolulu fire and police crews are at Keehi Lagoon, searching for the downed chopper.

It happened some time around 8:30 tonight. A HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed this evening approximately five miles south of Honolulu International Airport. The helicopter's four-man crew was conducting search and rescue drills.

KGMB9's Tim Sakahara reports from Keehi Boat Harbor.


Go hug your significant other and send out prayers for those who can't.