Search for missing Army helicopter crew suspended in Hawaii

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Abigail Milam of Letcher County, U.S. Army soldier onboard Black Hawk that crashed during training exercise off the coast of Hawaii 8-16-17

HONOLULU (AP/WTVQ) – Officials have suspended the search for five Army soldiers who were in a helicopter crash during offshore training in Hawaii last week, including a Letcher County native.

A Coast Guard official said Monday that searchers mounted the best search that they could.

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Abigail Milam was one of five people on the UH-60 Black Hawk that went down during a training exercise, according to the Army.

Milam graduated from Fleming Neon High School and had classes at Southeast Community and Technical College before joining the Army.

Two Black Hawk helicopter crews were conducting training off the western tip of Oahu when one aircrew lost contact with the crew whose helicopter went missing, according to Army officials.



Rescuers searched about 68,000 nautical miles but saw no signs of life or of the crew that went missing on August 15, 2017.

Searchers found what appeared to be pieces of helicopter fuselage and a helmet, according to the military.

The debris field dispersed with strong currents to remote, deep areas of the ocean, according to Army officials.