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A US military helicopter crashed off the southern coast of Yemen


One service member is missing after a U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen Friday night.

Five other people aboard the aircraft were rescued by U.S. forces following the crash, according to a press release issued by U.S. Central Command.

Officials said the crash happened during "a routine training event specifically for U.S. military personnel.”

"Training events such as this are routinely held by U.S. forces within a theater of operations in order to maintain their proficiency within the operating environment,” CENTCOM told the AP in a statement. “Commanders deemed this location appropriate and safe for a routine training event, considering both the operational environment and weather conditions at the time.”

The crash is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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