Blackhawk Downed: 11 Missing

Mar 11, 2015 - 0 Comments

A Blackhawk downed helicopter with 11 military personnel onboard has disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean. 

All of the crew members are presumed dead amid recent reports now that crash debris and human remains have just been discovered, some of which have washed ashore.

According to Army spokesmen, the soldiers were involved in a routine training exercise off the Florida coast.

The UH-60 Black Hawk they were flying in belonged to the Army National Guard and vanished over the Panhandle around 8:30 on the evening of March 10, 2015.

Blackhawk downed crewmen missingDense fog immediately hampered search and rescue efforts, an official from nearby Eglin Air Force Base said. "At this time all are missing," he added.

In fact, the area being searched for them was still under a heavy fog advisory when the sun came up this morning, and low visibility is still being reported as a significant problem.

The names of the Blackhawk downed crewmen have not been released yet, pending notification of their next of kin. The missing Marines, however, were from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and the other soldiers accompanying them were from a Hammond, Louisiana National Guard unit.

Both teams were part of a special operations training group.

Local law enforcement agencies are also involved in the investigation and have assembled close to the suspected crash scene -- a remote bay near Pensacola which has been owned and operated by the US military since WWII.

It’s still not clear what caused the fatal mishap or if any Blackhawk passengers could have survived the incident, but their helicopter had taken off from an airport in nearby Destin to join up with other crafts for the doomed nighttime training mission.

Special Op trainees are often dropped into the water via boats or copters and then ordered to make their way back to land. If fog was building at the hour they were deploying, it could have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Major military missteps like that are quite rare, although it certainly wouldn’t be the first time such a catastrophe happened.


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