Army helicopter crashes in Florida; 7 Marines and 4 Soldiers missing


Eleven servicemen are feared to have died in an Army helicopter crash after leaving Destin, Florida. Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were participating in a routine training mission when one went down off the coast and crashed into the water. The helicopter was carrying seven Marines and four soldiers.

Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland informed NBC News some aircraft debris, including the helicopter’s tail rotor, has washed ashore and there were “weather issues” overnight, but it was too soon to say if that had anything to do with the crash.

Even though a search and rescue operation is ongoing, military officials fear the worst.

“We have found some human remains,” said Bourland, who did not disclose the details on number or identities. The military will not release the names of the servicemen on the aircraft until their families have been notified.

The second helicopter involved in the training mission was unharmed and all of its crew were accounted for.

 

 

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