- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Marine Corps says a helicopter hit a power line in Hawaii, forcing it to land on Oahu’s North Shore.

A spokesman for Marine Corps Base Hawaii said Wednesday that four crew members were on board when the incident happened, and no one was hurt.

Capt. Timothy Irish said the UH-1Y helicopter was on a regularly scheduled flight in a training area when it struck the power line Tuesday night. Pilots executed a precautionary emergency landing just over a mile south of Sunset Beach onto private property, Irish said.

The helicopter is still where it landed undergoing an initial damage assessment, Irish said. It won’t be flown back to its base in Kaneohe Bay until that assessment is done in order to ensure the safety of the Marines and the community.

Honolulu police are keeping the helicopter secure, Irish said.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

The UH-1Y helicopter has the capacity to carry 12 Marines, including a pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, gunner and eight combat-equipped troops.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide