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Army declares final 2 Black Hawk aviators aboard downed chopper deceased

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

All five soldiers who were on board a downed Black Hawk chopper that crashed off Oahu's North Shore earlier this month have been declared dead.

The Army previously declared three of the missing aviators after an analysis of DNA found amid debris.

Remains of 1st Lt. Kathryn M. Bailey, Staff Sgt. Abigail R. Milam and Sgt. Michael L. Nelson were positively identified. 

On Thursday, the Army said the two remaining aviators had also been declared dead.

They were: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian M. Woeber and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell. 

A week after the chopper crashed, the Army and Coast Guard made the difficult decision to call off the search and rescue mission for the five aviators.

Meanwhile, recovery and salvage operations are ongoing, and officials said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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