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US military helicopter crash kills 11 in Florida

FLORIDA: As many as Seven Marines and four aircrew service members were presumed dead after a US Army helicopter crashed during a training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, US military official told to a news agency, the USA Today reported.

The area where the crash happened Tuesday night was under a fog advisory. The extreme fog still present early Wednesday was affecting the search, Eglin public affairs specialist said.

Vidoni said human remains have washed up on shore but the number of remains has not been released. She said efforts are still considered a search-and-rescue mission.

Multiple agencies are on scene including the Coast Guard who have secured waterways.

Eglin spokesman said the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the aircrew are from a Hammond, La.-based National Guard unit. The names of those involved have not been released.

“At this time all are missing,” Bourland said.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Bourland said.


Search and rescue efforts are still underway at the site of the crash — a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions.



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