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

Posted August 27, 2017

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

Late Friday evening a #Black Hawk attack helicopter of the US army while on a training flight crashed close to the Southern coast of Yemen, killing one soldier.

Officials are now investigating the crash, which took place almost 20 miles from the southern coast of Yemen, according to U.S. Central Command.

The U.S. military has experienced a string of tragic and concerning crashes over the past couple of months, leading observers to speculate about the cause, suggesting everything from hacking to poor training.

There is disconcerting news of another military accident, this time in Yemen.

The incident is under investigation.

Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, is engulfed in the years-long civil war.

A small team of U.S.

The American team has been supporting an offensive by forces of the United Arab Emirates and the ousted government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

"Training events such as this are routinely held by USA forces within a theater of operations in order to maintain their proficiency within the operating environment", CENTCOM told the AP in a statement. Three other SEALs were wounded and a Marine MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed in the operation.