HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says the search for a missing Hawaii Army helicopter has expanded to as far as 50 miles offshore Thursday due to the water currents in the area.

The UH60 Black Hawk helicopter went down about two miles west of Ka'ena Point Tuesday night.  Five Army aviators are missing.

Helicopters and vessels are concentrating efforts 15-to-20-miles offshore.

On the second day of the search-and-rescue, debris continues to be spotted and recovered off Ka'ena Point.  Ka'ena State Park trails are closed at this time.

Debris from the crash should be considered hazardous material and should only be recovered by recovery teams with the proper training and personal protective equipment. The debris poses potential risk and could cause serious bodily harm due to sharp edges. Those who see or encounter debris consistent with this type of aircraft along the north and west side of Oahu are asked to report it to responders by calling the 25th Combat Infantry Brigade Staff Duty Officer at 808-656-1080.


Two pilots and three crew members were on board an Army helicopter that crashed off Hawaii.
  
A multi-agency team searched Wednesday in waters five miles off Oahu's Kaena Point for the soldiers and debris from the UH-60 Black Hawk.
  
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins says firefighters collected part of a fuselage and a helmet.
  
Army Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg says the Black Hawk went missing when another Army helicopter training with it lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  
The soldiers are part of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade stationed in Hawaii.
  
Kaena is a remote spot where Oahu's northern and western coasts meet to form a peninsula. Its sandy coastline is home to a seabird colony and endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

Gov. David Ige released the following statement:

Our hearts are heavy as search and rescue crews work at the site of an Army helicopter crash off of Ka'ena Point. We stand with our U.S. Army 'ohana during this difficult time. The State of Hawai'i has offered its support as rescue and recovery efforts continue. Our thoughts are with the families and unit members of the soldiers on board.


Crews searching for five soldiers missing from an Army helicopter crash off Hawaii have found parts of a fuselage and a helmet.

Honolulu fire Capt. David Jenkins said Wednesday that the items were found about 2 miles off Oahu's Kaena Point. He says the search is focused in the area.

Two Black Hawk crews were conducting training between Kaena Point and Oahu's Dillingham Airfield late Tuesday when one aircrew lost contact with the other. 

The missing helicopter is a UH-60 Black Hawk from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

The Fire Department has rescue boats at the scene, while the U.S. Coast Guard sent an airplane, helicopter and two boats. An Army helicopter crew also is looking.


The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks has temporarily closed all of Ka'ena Point State Park on Oahu's North Shore while search operations are active for a missing U.S. Army helicopter.

No vehicle, foot, or bicycle traffic is allowed on roads and trails through either the Mokule'ia or the Keawa'ula Sections of the park until further notice.


We are following some breaking news this morning of a downed military UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. Coast Guard, Army and Honolulu Fire Department personnel are searching for a downed Black Hawk helicopter with five people on board. The search focused on an area 2 miles west of Ka'ena Point.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade was conducting a training mission at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday between Ka'ena point and Dillingham Airfield with two Black Hawk helicopters when communications were lost with one of the the aircraft.

The Coast Guard says they found debris around 11:30 p.m Tuesday.  A fuselage has been reportedly found.  A massive search and rescue effort is now underway for 5 crew members reportedly board.  HFD Captain David Jenkins says the search area is being scoured in the air, on land and sea.