Top 3 Stories on KHNL.com - Week of September 12 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Top 3 Stories on KHNL.com - Week of September 12

Number 3: Hickam pilot talks about witnessing Coast Guard chopper crash Number 3: Hickam pilot talks about witnessing Coast Guard chopper crash
Number 2: Family of youngest Coast Guard crash victim talks about loss Number 2: Family of youngest Coast Guard crash victim talks about loss
Number 1: Coast Guard helicopter crash leaves 3 dead, 1 missing Number 1: Coast Guard helicopter crash leaves 3 dead, 1 missing

HONOLULU (KHNL) - This week's Top 3 Stories revolve around a Coast Guard helicopter crash that left three dead and one still missing.


At number three: Hickam pilot talks about witnessing Coast Guard chopper crash.

"Probably in my career, I've done it maybe one or two times," said Lt. Col. Lynn Winward. "It's a very rare opportunity. It's not something we do every day."

The Coast Guard does something it's not used to, conducting a search and rescue mission on one of its own aircraft.

The Coast Guard and its supporting agencies looked for signs of a crew member, missing since his dolphin helicopter crashed last Thursday. Three others on the aircraft are dead.


Number two: Coast Guard Chopper Crash

"He loved his job and he loved, you know, that opportunity to just go out and save somebody," said Danielle Nichols.

One of the victims who died in the crash was 27-year-old Joshua Nichols, the youngest of the three.

Joshua and his wife welcomed their baby boy just two and a half months ago.

Before he reported to work Thursday, Joshua made lunch for his wife and told her he loved her. Danielle described her husband as an amazing person who died doing what he loved.


Number one: Coast Guard Chopper Crash

"We've dispatched both our rescue companies, our fire boat and our helicopter," said Honolulu Fire Department Official Capt. Terry Seelig.

And that brings us to the crash that left three passengers dead while the other is still missing.

It happened about five miles south of the Honolulu International Airport.

According to the Coast Guard, the HH-65 Dolphin helicopter's crew, was conducting drills with a motor lifeboat from station Honolulu, when it went down.

And these are the Top 3 Stories on KHNL.com this week.

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