PENSACOLA, FL (WAFB) - The National Guard reported Thursday two Soldiers and all seven Marines involved in the UH-60M Black Hawk training accident crash are dead and have been recovered. However, now they are saying remains of two servicemen have been recovered.
Two of the soldiers' were recovered, but the others were believed to remain inside the wreckage, said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana Army National Guard, which flew the helicopter carrying the Marines Special Operations Command forces from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The military was not releasing any details Thursday about those killed, nor has it described the cause of the crash.
Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice-commander, and Chief Mark Giuliano, Eglin Fire Chief and on-scene commander spoke during the news conference and said they have recovered human remains. They also said they located the downed helicopter in the middle of the bay using sonar. The water is about 25 feet deep where the helicopter landed.
The Guardsmen were assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana. The Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based special operations group.
Officials said it was a "high impact crash" and the helicopter was broken into several pieces.
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions.
The names of those on board the crashed helicopter have not been released. The investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.
A Centralized Accident Investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. was sent to Florida on Wednesday and are leading the investigation.