7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Missing In Helicopter Crash Presumed Dead

| by Lisa Fogarty

Seven Marines and four soldiers are still missing as of early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during training exercises at Eglin Force Base in Florida.

The helicopter was reported missing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, reports Yahoo! News. Search efforts were unsuccessful Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because of a fog advisory, according to Eglin public affairs specialist Sara Vidoni. At around 2 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesman confirmed that rescue crews found debris from the helicopter.

The Marines belonged to a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers were from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit. Their names have not been released at this time. A Pentagon official said the 11 service members are presumed dead, according to Yahoo! News.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter reportedly took off from an airport in Destin and was performing a routine training mission on a beach between Pensacola and Destin when authorities say they believe it went down. The 20-mile beach has been owned by the military since before World War II and is often used for test missions.

Source: Yahoo! News

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