Army declares all five crew members in Hawaii Black Hawk crash are dead

Getty Images

The Army on Thursday officially declared two crew members who had been missing after an Aug. 15 Black Hawk helicopter crash off the Hawaiian coast as deceased.

Service officials confirmed as dead pilots Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber, 41, of Decatur, Ala., and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell, 32, of Wichita Falls, Texas. Their remains haven’t been found.

The two had previously been listed as “whereabouts unknown.”

“Army Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. James Iacocca, approved the results of a 25th Infantry Division administrative investigation into their personnel status,” the division said in a statement.

{mosads}Woeber had deployed to Afghanistan and Egypt, while Cantrell deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, The Associated Press reported

The Army earlier this month had declared as deceased the three other crew members — 1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey, Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam and Sgt. Michael Nelson — after DNA analysis confirmed their remains were among the crash debris.

All five were killed after their helicopter went down during a training practice two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu.

A search crew found only debris and pieces of the helicopter’s body after the crash.


The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video