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A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday during a training mission and a search was under way for one U.S. service member, the U.S. military said.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement that five other service members aboard the aircraft had been rescued after the crash, which took place about 20 miles 32 km off the southern coast of Yemen at 7 p.m.16000 GMT.
A U.S. official told Reuters that the cause of the crash was under investigation.
“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 airstrikes against al Qaeda in Yemen, with at least 80 launched since the end of February.