Helicopter crashes near US military facility — Analysis

This aircraft was being operated by a contractor. It was supporting a US Navy training mission.

Four people were killed in a helicopter crash near a US military missile range on an island in Hawaii, the navy said, noting that the contractor’s craft was part of a training operation in the area.

The helicopter went down on Tuesday morning on the north side of the navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the military said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. The crash killed all aboard, although the Pentagon is yet to release the identities of those who died.

The navy added that the helicopter was operated by the Croman Corporation – which specializes in flights on Sikorsky S-61 aircraft, according to the firm’s website – and was supporting a training drill at the time of the accident. 

However, the cause of this crash is still unknown. 

In a Twitter later Tuesday night, the National Transportation Safety Board stated that it was looking into a collision involving the same helicopter in the vicinity of Kekaha on Kauai.

According to The Associated Press, a Kauai County official stated that firefighters and local police had helped set up a perimeter surrounding the accident site.

The missile range is located on Kauai’s west coast, and regularly hosts weapons tests and other military drills.

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