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US Army suspends search for 5 missing soldiers following Black Hawk crash over Hawaii

Black Hawk Helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Whitney)
August 22, 2017

The active, nearly week-long search for five missing aircrew members was suspended Monday, following a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on August 16.


The U.S. Army has identified the following missing soldiers:

  • 1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey of Hope Mills, North Carolina;
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber of Decatur, Alabama;
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell of Wichita Falls, Texas; all three of whom were on the helicopter;
  • Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam of Jenkins, Kentucky; and,
  • Sgt. Michael Nelson of Antioch, Tennessee.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli said the soldiers have not been found and their families have been notified, according to a report.

The U.S. Army has not yet determined the cause of the crash.

Two Black Hawk aircrews were reportedly training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield when communications were lost.