Army Black Hawk Disappears Off The Florida Panhandle, 11 Missing

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Around 8:30PM last night a Black Hawk (UH-60) helicopter went missing around Eglin AFB, located on the Florida Panhandle. Four Army crew and seven Marines were said to be missing. The UH-60 was part of a flight of two, with the other returning safely to base under foggy conditions. There remains an ongoing search and rescue operation.

The Black Hawk was from the Louisiana Army National Guard and the Marines are reportedly special operations soldiers from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Exactly what type of joint training they were conducting remains unclear, although Eglin AFB consists of a vast weapons testing and training range consisting of about 700 square miles, with the over water range consisting of 120,000 square miles. Because of the range's live-fire facilities, wilderness terrain, and miles of open airspace, units come from all over the US, and the world, to train and test weapons there.

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I shared this over at Gawker, and Oppo. Here is a pic of the fog that cancelled my sortie this morning taken at 0730. The water tower in the right corner is about 1/3 of a mile from where I was standing. The TAF has the ceilings lifting around 0930L and breaking up through the rest of the day. USAToday said the military reported finding human remains and are presuming 11 dead, but still trying to operate a SAR effort. Hopefully they find some survivors.

The crash site is located near the open waterways. I'm not sure if it was in the Intercoastal because that will make a huge difference.