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7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Missing after Helicopter Crashes

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Posted at 5:16 AM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 07:51:19-04

 PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing after an Army helicopter crashed over water during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.

Officials say heavy fog is hampering today's search efforts.

The area where the crash happened Tuesday night was under a fog advisory.

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

Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland says the helicopter was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing early Wednesday after an 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 spokesman Andy Bourland says the helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 2 a.m. 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.