United States military helicopter crashes near Yemen, 1 troop missing

1 US Member Missing After Military Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Yemen

Friday's crash comes just two days after a visit to the Saudi-Yemen border by Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees the USA military throughout the Middle East.

U.S. forces in the area are searching for the missing service member, who was aboard the aircraft, according to U.S. Central Command.

American forces are searching for a US service member after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed near the coast of Yemen during a training mission on Friday night.

Officials have not yet identified those onboard the aircraft at the time of the crash or the unit the aircraft belonged to.

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". "U.S. forces were conducting routine helicopter training in order to maintain proficiency within the operational environment". Five of the six USA troops on board were rescued, and the search for the sixth person is ongoing.




The crash isn't the first one for a military helicopter in 2017. The Pentagon has conducted more than 80 airstrikes in Yemen this year, officials say.

Yemen is located in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It has claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks in Europe and the USA, including a 2009 shooting at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting center.

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

The military is investigating Friday's Black Hawk crash.

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