CH-53 Helicopter crash on Kaneohe bay sandbar

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  1. fetzerb

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    looks like 1 dead and 3 injured. R.I.P. my Amphibious brother.



    One Marine died and three others were injured when a Marine Corps helicopter carrying four people crashed during an emergency landing in shallow water last night in Kaneohe Bay.
    The helicopter, part of the Kaneohe-based Marine Heavy Helicopter squadron left the base about 7 p.m. for training and made a mayday call about 7:20 p.m., said 2nd Lt. Diann Olson, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
    The Marines are investigating the cause of the crash and efforts are expected to begin today to recover the wreckage. The helicopter is on its side in the water.
    Three crewmen were treated at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and then taken to the Queen's Medical Center last night. Search and rescue crews recovered the body of the fourth Marine from the helicopter.
    Two of the injured Marines were in critical condition last night and one was reported in stable condition. The body of the deceased Marine was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center. His name will be released 24 hours after next of kin are notified, Olson said.
    Federal firefighters, Honolulu firefighters, the Coast Guard, the base's Waterfront Operations and another CH-53 helicopter responded to the crash scene, about 2 miles from the base near the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay.
    Coast Guard Petty Officer Angela Henderson said the Army aircraft spotted two people on top of the helicopter waving for help.
    "Apparently there were some beacons or flares fired off," said fire Capt. Terry Seeling.
    A Coast Guard C-130 airplane, a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and a 45-foot response boat from Sector Honolulu were on scene last night.
    The Navy's Waterfront Operations placed an oil boom around the craft to contain any spills from spreading in the environment, but no fluids were seen leaking out.
     
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    Thanks for the updates, sound like a pretty shitty situation. Any one have any personal pics or information other than the news? Is it cleaned up yet?

    I have seen those 53's go down far to often, R.I.P our marine brethern. Wish a speedy recovery to the other crewmembers
     
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    Sad news. Best to these Marines and their families.
     
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    Initial newspaper reports were that all aboard had survived the crash and I'd hoped that the sand bar, the location of many good times and fond memories, had saved them from harm. Very sad to see those initial reports were incorrect and that there was indeed a fatality. May God bless and keep all those who serve our country and protect our freedom.
     
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    Deepest regrets to the family of the fallen Marine & recovery with God's speed to the injured others.
     
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    This is a reminder to appreciate and honor all that have served, and currently serve to protect our freedoms.

    Tight lines,
     
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