According to military officials, the 11 military personnel that included seven Marines and four soldiers who were missing after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed on Tuesday night are presumed dead. According to reports, the Army helicopter took off from an airport near Destin, joining others in a training exercise. Contact was lost with the helicopter, crashing shortly afterwards on the Florida coastline.
This morning, search and rescue crews waded through the dense fog and found debris which is believed to be from the Black Hawk helicopter, most likely from the Army National Guard. A military official said no service members have been found. All 11 are presumed dead.
Debris was found near the Navarre Bridge, located on a small piece of land between the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Although the crews were in an area under a heavy fog advisory this morning, it is currently unclear what the weather conditions were like before the crash.
Military officials said the Marines are a special operations group based in Camp Lejune, North Carolina. The four remaining soldiers were from a National Guard Unit in Hammond, Louisiana. The identities of the servicemen involved have not released.
By Alex Lemieux
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