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Mar 11, 2015

11:07:51 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: VI-20150311-47279-USA

Date / time: 11/03/2015 11:06:31 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Florida

Location: [Near to Eglin Air Force Base]

Number of Deads: 11 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Seven Marines and four Army soldiers are missing Wednesday after a military helicopter crashed during a nighttime training exercise near Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the aircrew are from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit. The names of the people involved have not been released. Fog was reported in the area when the helicopter disappeared at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Search and rescue crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Bourland said. Search and rescue efforts are still underway at the site of the crash, which is a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions. The crashed helicopter is a UH-60 Army Black Hawk helicopter. A second Black Hawk involved in the night training exercise returned to the base safely, the military said. We're learning the seven missing Marines are among the most elite troops in the world. They're special operations forces, who do the most dangerous scouting and fighting for the military. Video posted online shows the intense, grueling training the special operations Marines go through; that training and the Marine units themselves are ultimately overseen by U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Another video shows the Black Hawk helicopters of the Louisiana Air National Guard unit from Hammond, Louisiana, where the Army aircrew is based. The incident follows a helicopter crash on Tuesday in Argentina where a number of French nationals - several of them Olympic athletes - were killed.

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