Seven Marines, four soldiers missing after helicopter crashes in Florida

Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing after their helicopter crashes in Pensacola, Florida.

Two Ch-60 aircraft assigned to the Hammond, Louisiana Army National Guard were participating in a training exercise overnight. One aircraft with four aircrew and seven Marines assigned to Camp LaJeune, North Carolina was involved in an accident near Eglin range site A-17, east of the Navarre Bridge.

The helicopter was reported missing at about 8:30 P.M. Tuesday. Debris from the aircraft was located by search and rescue team at about 2 A.M., search and rescue teams are searching the site.

The second helicopter and its personnel on board have returned and are accounted for at this time. The aircraft are assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana. They were participating in a routine training mission involving the Marine Special Operations Regiment from Camp LeJeune.

Names of the aircrew and Marines on board are being withheld at this time. The accident is under investigation.