US Navy: 4 die in Hawaii crash of contractor’s helicopter

The U.S. Navy mentioned Tuesday 4 folks have died within the crash of a contractor’s helicopter on the Hawaii island of Kauai. (MNStudio, Shutterstock)

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HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy mentioned Tuesday 4 folks have died within the crash of a contractor’s helicopter on the Hawaii island of Kauai.

The Pacific Missile Vary Facility mentioned the plane crashed on the north facet of the set up shortly after 10 a.m. There have been no survivors. The names of these killed weren’t but accessible, it mentioned.

The helicopter was being flown by Croman Corp. in help of a coaching operation, the missile vary facility mentioned in a information launch.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned in a tweet the company is investigating the crash of the Sikorsky S-61N helicopter.

The Sikorsky S-61N was constructed between 1959 and 1980 by Sikorsky Plane, which is now a part of Lockheed Martin. It was designed to hold a considerable freight or passenger payload. One model was constructed to hold as much as 30 passengers, in keeping with the Igor I. Sikorsky Historic Archives web site.

The helicopters have been optimized to be used over water, for instance to help oil rig operations. Variations have been additionally utilized by all branches of the U.S. army. Licensees in the UK and different international locations have additionally constructed the plane.

A Kauai County spokesperson mentioned county police and firefighters responded and have been aiding the army. Kauai police have been serving to the Navy with perimeter safety and investigation help, mentioned Coco Zickos, a county spokesperson.

An investigation will likely be carried out to find out the reason for the crash, the missile vary facility launch mentioned.

The Pacific Missile Vary Facility is a Navy base on the western fringe of Kauai the place the army exams missile protection expertise and numerous items conduct workouts.

Audrey McAvoy and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

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