US Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes off Yemen, One Service Member Missing

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise Friday evening.

In a statement issued by US Central Command, officials say one US service member is missing and five others aboard the craft have been rescued.

Friday's crash marks the second Black Hawk helicopter crash in a month, as one went down off Hawaii earlier this month, killing five us service members.

Search and rescue efforts are underway for a missing US service member in the wake of the latest USA military accident.

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

Special Forces troops has been on the ground in the midst of Yemen's civil war in support of an operation against the Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group.

Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Off Yemen Coast, Hunt on for missing personnel
US Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes off Yemen, One Service Member Missing

The reported cited the USA army source as saying that this was a routine training event.

USA forces have conducted scores of airstrikes in Yemen and carried out occasional ground raids since January 29, when a Navy SEAL - Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill. - was killed in the first military operation authorized by President Donald Trump. Five of the six USA troops on board were rescued, and the search for the sixth person is ongoing. The Pentagon has conducted more than 80 airstrikes in Yemen this year, officials say.

A small number of US 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.

A search for the five crew members missing in that crash was later suspended.

The military is investigating Friday's Black Hawk crash.


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