Service Member Missing After Black Hawk Crashes Off Coast Of Yemen

US Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen's coast

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

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. Washington Post quoted U.S. Central Command statement.

Search and rescue efforts are underway for a missing US service member in the wake of the latest USA military accident. US forces in the region rescued five other troops who were on board the aircraft, which came down some 20 miles south of the Yemeni shore at around 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

Five other Americans were rescued immediately after the helicopter went down about 20 miles off the coast of Yemen, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing reports from U.S. Central Command.

Yemen is also home to what the US considers the most risky branch of the al-Qaida terror network.

The group is al-Qaida's second largest affiliate and perhaps its most risky, US defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity told reporters in a briefing earlier this year.

So far this year, the Pentagon has launched more than 80 airstrikes targeting the terrorist group, which has used the instability and conflict in Yemen to carve out territory to train its fighters.

A small team of U.S.

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise Friday evening.

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