Marine helicopter hits wire line during training on North Shore

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A military helicopter remains on Oahu’s North Shore after a training accident.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii says a UH-1Y with III Marine Expeditionary Force struck a wire line at around 7:44 p.m. Tuesday.

The incident occurred as the aircraft performed routine training in a tactical flight training area.

Four crew members were on board at the time. No one was hurt, however the pilots executed a controlled precautionary emergency landing onto private property approximately two kilometers south of Sunset Beach.

Hawaiian Electric says the line that was hit was a backup line that doesn’t serve any customers and did not cause a power outage. Crews will assess the damage and repair the line.

To ensure safety of the Marines and the community, officials say the helicopter did not fly back to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. It will remain in place until a complete inspection and damage assessment is made, officials say.

Honolulu police assisted Marine Aircraft Group 24 in securing the UH-1Y for safe assessment and recovery operations.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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