American service member missing after Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen's coast

Posted August 27, 2017

A service member is missing after a U.S.

A United States service member is missing after a Black Hawk helicopter fell into the water some 20 miles off the coast of Yemen on Friday during a routine training session. Spokesman Col. John Thomas, however, told Reuters, "when the incident took place the helicopter was not very high above the water".

Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Off Yemen Coast, Hunt on for missing personnel

There have been a number of aviation mishaps involving U.S military aircraft in the past few months.

"U.S. forces were conducting routine helicopter training in order to maintain proficiency within the operational environment".

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], AUgust 26: A Black Hawk helicopter crashed during drills off the coast of Yemen on Friday.

Friday's crash comes days after the U.S. Coast Guard called off its search for five missing Army soldiers after two Black Hawk helicopters collided off the coast of Hawaii.

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CENTCOM didn't provide the identities of any of the service members involved, nor any details concerning why the accident happened.

The US Marine Corps said on Friday that it had recovered the bodies of three marines killed when an MV-22 Osprey aircraft crashed into the back of a US warship during a training mission off the east coast of Australia on August 5.

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US special operations forces have also conducted ground raids this year, including a controversial operation in late January, one of the first authorized by President Donald Trump, in which Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Owens was killed and an MV-22 Osprey was destroyed.