Military aircraft collide off Waialua; search on for survivors

(KHON Photo)
(KHON Photo)

HAWAII (CNN/KHON2) Two military aircraft collided off the North Shore Oahu late Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Searchers have spotted a fire and a debris field, including an empty life raft, about 2½ miles north of Haleiwa Beach, according to Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers.

A total of 12 people were on board the two aircraft, Mooers said.

Initial calls came in around 11 p.m. in the waters off Kahaone Loop in Waialua.

The Honolulu Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to the area.

Witnesses in the area say they heard a loud boom over the water and saw a big flare in the sky.

The area is forecast to have 10 to 15-foot waves, with rapid building to 30 to 40 feet Friday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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