Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

U.S. service member missing after Black Hawk crashes off Yemen

U.S. service member missing after Black Hawk crashes off Yemen

A USA military Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the southern coast of Yemen while training its crew, leaving one service member missing, officials said. U.S. Central Command has confirmed the news and has said that the accident was under investigation.

Five others aboard the aircraft were rescued, officials said in a statement issued by U.S. Central Command.

Yemen is located in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. US forces in the region rescued five other troops who were on board the aircraft, which came down some 20 miles south of the Yemeni shore at around 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

The crash isn't the first one for a military helicopter in 2017. It has claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks in Europe and the USA, including a 2009 shooting at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting center.

So far this year, the Pentagon has launched more than 80 airstrikes targeting the terrorist group, which has used the instability and conflict in Yemen to carve out territory to train its fighters.

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

The cause of the Black Hawk's crash has also yet to be determined. "Commanders deemed this location appropriate and safe for a routine training event", Centcom said, "considering both the operational environment and weather conditions at the time".

The military is investigating Friday's Black Hawk crash.

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