US Navy: 4 dead in Hawaii, contractor’s helicopter crash

HONOLULU – The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday, four people were killed in the crash of a contractor’s helicopter on Kauai, Hawaii.

The Pacific Missile Defense Facility said the plane crashed north of the installation shortly after 10 a.m. No survivors. The names of those killed have not yet been released, it said.

The rocket operator said the helicopter was being operated by Croman Corp. support training activities.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that it was investigating the crash of the Sikorsky S-61N helicopter.

The Sikorsky S-61N was built from 1959 to 1980 by Sikorsky Aircraft, now part of Lockheed Martin. It is designed to carry heavy cargo or passengers. According to the website of the Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives, one version was built to carry up to 30 passengers.

The helicopters are optimized for use on the water, such as to support oil rig operations. Versions are also used by all branches of the United States military. Licensors in the UK and other countries have also built this aircraft.

A spokesman for Kauai County said the district police and fire service responded and were assisting the military. Coco Zickos, a county spokeswoman, said Kauai police are helping the Navy with perimeter security and assisting with the investigation.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash, rocket infrastructure said.

The Pacific Missile Facility is a Navy base on the western edge of Kauai where the military tests missile defense technology and various units conduct exercises.

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