USCG Crash, Prayers...


Coast Guard identifies three killed in helicopter crash
Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard has identified three air crew members who were killed last night during a training flight five miles south of Honolulu International Airport.

The Coast Guard is continuing a search for the fourth crewmember. The crew members were identified as: Co-pilot Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Wischmeier; Rescue swimmer Petty Officer 1st Class David Skimin; and flight mechanic Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Nichols.They were pronounced dead last night at Queen's Medical Center.The three had been recovered by HFD small boats and transferred to another Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter for transport to the hospital.

"Our hearts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time," said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen from Washington, D.C., in an e-mail message to all service members. "The entire Coast Guard will provide whatever support services are necessary for the families and crew of Air Station Barbers Point."