US soldier missing in Blackhawk crash in Yemen

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American forces are searching for one service member who went missing after a Blackhawk helicopter he was in with five others crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday.

U.S. Central Command said the crash happened during a training exercise around 7 p.m. Yemen time on Friday, about 20 miles off the southern coast of Yemen.

The five others who were with him have been rescued.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, according to a statement from CENTCOM. An investigation is pending.

“When the incident took place, the helicopter was not very high above the water,” CENTCOM spokesman Colonel John Thomas said.

The United States has been carrying out air strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen, with at least 80 launched since the end of February.

A small number of ground raids using U.S. Special Operations forces have also taken place, including one in January in which a U.S. Navy Seal was killed.

It’s been a devastating summer for soldiers after two Navy ship collisions that killed a total of 17 sailors in the Pacific, two Marine Corps aircraft crashes that killed 19 troops, and an Army Black Hawk crash that killed five soldiers.

The U.S. Coast Guard recently said that it had suspended its search off Hawaii for five Army aviators missing since their Black Hawk helicopter crashed earlier this month.

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