Eleven US marines missing after helicopter crash

The chopper crashed during a night exercise (File pic)
The chopper crashed during a night exercise (File pic)

Seven marines and four soldiers were missing today after a US Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise.

Eglin Air Force Base in Florida said the marines are part of a special operations group and the soldiers are from a Louisiana-based National Guard unit.

The helicopter was reported missing at around 8.30pm local time yesterday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash at around 2am.

Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said: "At this time all are missing."

The helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote area of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions.

Mr Bourland said the army helicopter took off from a nearby airport in Destin and joined other aircraft in the training exercise.