U.S. military helicopter crashes near Yemen, 1 troop missing

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Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed Friday evening off the coast of Yemen, the Pentagon said.

In a statement issued by US Central Command, officials say one US service member is missing and five others aboard the craft have been rescued.

Late Friday evening a #Black Hawk attack helicopter of the USA army while on a training flight crashed close to the Southern coast of Yemen, killing one soldier. US forces rescued the five other service members who were on board.

CENTCOM didn't provide the identities of any of the service members involved, nor any details concerning why the accident happened.

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The incident is under investigation.

The United States has been carrying out air strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen, with at least 80 launched since the end of February. It has claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks in Europe and the US, including a 2009 shooting at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting center.

Search and rescue efforts are underway for a missing US service member in the wake of the latest USA military accident. The partnered forces are moving against AQAP strongholds in the Shabwah governorate.

US special operations forces have also conducted ground raids this year, including a controversial operation in late January, one of the first authorized by President Donald Trump, in which Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Owens was killed and an MV-22 Osprey was destroyed.

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan with several hundred Marines aboard is also operating in the region.

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