PENSACOLA, Fla. — Dense fog, a misty rain and darkness hampered search efforts for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed over water in Florida’s Panhandle.
The helicopter went down Tuesday night off Navarre Beach on Santa Rosa Island, which is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Destin. A military official says the seven Marines and four soldiers aboard are presumed dead.
The Coast Guard found debris in the water.
The helicopter was on a routine night training mission when contact was lost. It had taken off from an airport in nearby Destin. The helicopter was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday.