Missing After US Military Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes

Missing After US Military Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes

Asked if the crash involved another special forces raid, Central Command told The Associated Press that "this was a routine training event specifically for USA military personnel".

The crash took place during a scheduled training mission, while USA forces have been conducting strikes against the al Qaeda terrorist group in the region. USA 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.

"U.S. forces in the region are conducting an ongoing search for one US service member who was aboard the aircraft", it states.

The helicopter crashed while the crew was training about 20 miles off the southern coast of the country, according to a statement released late Friday by U.S. Central Command.

The crash took place on Friday evening.

The crash isn't the first one for a military helicopter in 2017.

The U.S. military maintains a small special operations base near Yemen's port of Mukalla to facilitate an ongoing campaign targeting al-Qaida loyalists there. It has claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks in Europe and the US, including a 2009 shooting at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting center. US forces have launched more than 80 airstrikes in the region since late February.

A small number of USA troops were on the ground in Yemen earlier this month to provide "intelligence sharing" with government forces battling al-Qaida loyalists there, the Washington Post reported.

Asked if the crash involved another special operations raid, Central Command told The Associated Press that "this was a routine training event specifically for USA military personnel".

It's unclear what caused the Black Hawk to crash.

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