UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashes during nighttime drill off Florida coast, 11 dead

Human remains washed ashore after tragic crash

By Lexi Morgan

HAMMOND, La. (INTELIHUB) — A major loss as 7 Marines, from Camp Lejeune, and 4 flight crew members, soldiers, who were flying in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, are presumed to be dead after the chopper crashed somewhere off the coast of Florida’s panhandle during training drills Tuesday night.

The UH-60 Black Hawk, assigned to the Louisiana Army National Guard, was participating in an overnight drill with another Black Hawk “near the Eglin range site A17, which is just east of Navarre”, said an Air Force spokeswoman.

“The helicopter was reported missing at about 8:30 last night. Debris was located by the search and rescue team at about 2 a.m. this morning.”, the spokes woman said.

The second Black Hawk involved in the training mission was reported to have landed safely.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a public statement on the matter reading, “Our guardsmen have fought courageously overseas in defense of our nation, and here at home, they have protected what matters most at times of crisis. These soldiers represent the best of Louisiana and we are praying for them and their families.”

Kim Urr, 62, who works at the Navarre Beach campground near where the helicopter went down, said she heard a strange sound followed by two explosions around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“It sounded like something metal either being hit or falling over, that’s what it sounded like. And there were two booms afterward, similar to what you hear with ordnance booms, but more muffled,” Urr said.

“We knew immediately that something was not right. We listened for sirens, but there were no sirens. Then this morning, we heard a lot of sirens,” she added., reported Yahoo News.

Dense fog and limited visibility may have been to blame for the crash.

Human remains were reported to have washed ashore.

About the Author:

intellihubLexi Morgan is a journalist and activist by heart, always striving to promote thought-provoking issues not commonly known or covered most. Lexi is an anti-New World Order, anti-corruption activist, but also enjoys the finer things in life including racing cars, riding motocross, and skydiving. Lexi is an exclusive weapon of Intellihub.