Helicopter Crash: 7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Presumed Dead in Florida

PHOTO: In this Dec. 26, 2013 file photo a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry in the Arabian Gulf.PlayMass Comm. Specialist 3rd Class Mark El-Rayes/US Navy/Reuters
WATCH Human Remains Found at Site of Military Helicopter Crash in Florida

Seven Marines and four soldiers were presumed dead this morning after going missing Tuesday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, military officials said.

The helicopter was reported missing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and debris was located at about 2 a.m., base officials said in a statement.

Mike Spaits, Eglin Air Force Base public affairs officer, told ABC News that “some human remains have been found.”

There are no further details released at this time. Officials will be holding a news conference later today.

PHOTO: Seven Marines and four soldiers were reported missing early this morning after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, March 10, 2015.Google
Seven Marines and four soldiers were reported missing early this morning after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, March 10, 2015.

"There was fog. I do not know at this time if it was a contributing factor, but when our search-and-rescue personnel arrived on scene there was very limited visibility," Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland had said earlier in the day.

Bourland said the helicopter did not issue a distress call. Some debris has been located east of the Navarre Bridge and it is expected that debris will continue to appear in the area moving toward the bridge.

The Marines are part of a special operations group based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the soldiers were from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit, officials said.

The crew of a second helicopter was recovered and is safe, Bourland said.

The accident, which happened during a training mission on a beach between Pensacola and Destin, is under investigation.

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