Search continues for Marines including two Houston-area men after helicopter crash

Saturday, January 16 - HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP)

 There's no word yet on the fate of a dozen Marines aboard a pair of helicopters that crashed during a night training exercise off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Rescuers continue to search choppy waters where debris was sighted.


Two Houston-area Marines are among those missing after two helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii last night.

Major Shawn Campbell and Corporal Matthew Drown are among the 12 missing. Major Campbell is a graduate of Klein High School, and Texas A&M University. Corporal Drown is a graduate of Klein Oak High School, Class of 2011.

Search and rescue operations are currently underway. The search includes Air Force units, as well as a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat and Coast Guard cutters, officials said.

Two Navy ships, the USS John Paul Jones and the USS Gridley, are also participating, along with a Navy squadron of SH-60 helicopters, Navy spokeswoman Agnes Tauyan said.

The crash comes less than a year after a Marine Corps tilt-rotor aircraft crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii, killing two Marines. The MV-22 Osprey went down last May with 21 Marines and a Navy corpsman on board.

In 2011, one serviceman was killed and three others injured when a CH-53D Sea Stallion chopper crashed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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