With plans to expand the aircraft stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kane’ohe Bay, the chances of accidents increase. What if this crash had occurred in Kane’ohe town, Hawai’i Kai or Honolulu? It would be like the crash in Ginowan city in Okinawa.
Hawaii News Now reports:
A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter carrying four crew members crashed in Kaneohe Bay. The aircraft issued a mayday call shortly after it left Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The aircraft made an emergency landing in shallow water on the Kaneohe Bay sandbar around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Rescue crews picked up all four marines. Sources said three of them were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center with serious injuries. The emergency startled residents who live near the bay.
Fire officials said the chopper ended up on its side. Containment booms have been placed around the wreckage as a precaution. The Coast Guard is enforcing a temporary safety zone extending 500 yards around the aircraft.