Coast Guard, Navy respond to downed helicopter off Molokai

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File photo

HONOLULU — Coast Guard and Navy crews responded to a report of a downed helicopter with two people aboard off the northwest side of Molokai, Monday evening.

Responding were:

  • HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364), homeported in Honolulu, is en route.
  • MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37.

Aircrews located debris along with chemlights in the water.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Response Coordination Center Honolulu received a call from the Honolulu International Airport control tower at 7:26 p.m., reporting they had lost communications with a privately owned Robinson R44 helicopter with two people aboard.

The helicopter was reported to have left Honolulu on a day trip to Molokai and was on its way back.

Weather on scene is currently 30 mph winds out of the northeast with 12 to 15-foot seas.

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