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7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after helicopter crashes

11 March 2015, 13:40

Pensacola - Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing early on Wednesday after a US army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.

Base officials say the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers are from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit.

Eglin spokesperson Andy Bourland says the helicopter was reported missing around 20:30 on Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 02:00on Wednesday.

The helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions.

- AP

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