Eleven missing after US army helicopter crash in Florida

Written by on March 11, 2015

The UH-60 helicopter, like this one, was on a training exercise

The UH-60 helicopter, like this one, was on a training exercise

A search is under way in the US after an army helicopter crashed in Florida leaving its crew of seven marines and four soldiers missing.

The crash happened near Pensacola during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base.

Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said the helicopter took off from a nearby airport in Destin.

It was reported missing at about 20:30 local time (00:30 GMT) and debris from the aircraft was located later.

Mr Bourland told the BBC the aircraft was a UH-60 helicopter or Black Hawk.

The second helicopter participating in the routine training mission returned safely, he said.

Both aircraft are assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana.

Conditions were foggy on Tuesday night.

The beach, water and bay are said to provide an ideal training area for special operations units from all branches of the military.


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