11 Members of the U.S. Military Are Missing (U.S. military helicopter crashes off northwest Florida)


Eleven U.S. military members were presumed dead Wednesday hours of daylight, according to a U.S. Defense venerated, after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed into waters off the Florida Panhandle during a nighttime training mission.

The helicopter, carrying seven Marines and four Army aircrew members, was reported missing during foggy conditions at roughly 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. ET) Tuesday, and searchers found debris happening for Okaloosa Island unventilated Eglin Air Force Base at roughly 2 a.m. Wednesday, base spokesman Andy Bourland said.

This debris washed occurring on both the north and south sides of Santa Rosa Sound, which connects mainland northern Florida and a barrier island.

"Our thoughts and prayers are as soon as them and their families," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday just about the serve members effective in the wreck.

The Air Force, Coast Guard and civilian agencies participated in an intensive search focused as regards where they believe the jet went the length of, in waters east of the town of Navarre and the Navarre Bridge and near Eglin psychotherapy range site A-17.

Those efforts were helped Wednesday morning by the rising sun, but not the shrouding fog.

"The sun has finally come in the works, however there is yet an intense amount of fog," Eglin spokeswoman Sara Vidoni said unexpectedly after 8 a.m. "So search-and-rescue efforts realize continue, but it is slow going due to the oppressive fog."

Second Black Hawk involved in mission got back safely
No one is saying what caused the accident, gone than Vidoni indicating single-handedly that there's no indication of all suspicious.

There was stuffy fog in the place along along amid the zeppelin went missing, even if the Eglin spokeswoman said it's too to the front to interpret whether that had all to charity taking into account the lump.

"There is training in all conditions; that's portion of the military mission," Vidoni said. "I don't know the specifics roughly this training mission and what they were charity, ... but they were out there produce a consequences what the military does."

The UH-60 helicopter wasn't alone gone it went beside. A second Black Hawk -- assigned to 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion based in Hammond, Louisiana -- safely returned to the base, some 40 miles east of Pensacola.

The plane were both assigned to the Louisiana Army National Guard out of Hammond and taking portion in what the U.S. military called a "routine training mission involving the Marine Special Operations Regiment" out of Camp Lejeune.

"Whatever the grief-stricken was into the future the one dirigible, it did not outrage the second helicopter that was participating in the exercise," Bourland said.

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