'Elements' of remains recovered at scene of Marine helicopter crash

'Elements' of remains recovered at scene of Marine helicopter crash

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Military officials revealed this week that their efforts to retrieve two Marine helicopters that crashed off Oahu's North Shore are currently on hold, but some of the remains of the 12 Marines who died in the collision have been found.

A statement released by the military on Tuesday says:

Elements of remains have been recovered. The families of the recovered remains have been informed. We will not go into further details at this time, out of respect for the families.

Previously, the military had said only "trace elements of DNA" were recovered from the underwater crash site.

Efforts to pull all the wreckage from the two helicopters off the ocean floor began on Feb. 12, but are currently on hold due to rising swells. Recovery teams are expected to resume work within the next 24 hours, military officials say.

So far, they have successfully retrieved some pieces of debris, but not enough to ensure a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.

On Jan. 14, two CH-53E Super Stallions from Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe collided about two miles off Haleiwa, creating what witnesses described as a "fireball" in the night sky. A massive search for survivors followed, but none were found.

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