US Army Black Hawk Goes Down Near Yemen

A US Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday during a training session. In this file

The crash comes a little more than a week after a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Hawaii during training.

A US military Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the southern coast of Yemen while training its crew, leaving one service member missing, officials said.

Officials said they would begin an investigation. Washington Post quoted U.S. Central Command statement.

"Training events such as this are routinely held by USA forces within a theater of operations in order to maintain their proficiency within the operating environment", CENTCOM told the AP in a statement. Five of the six USA troops on board were rescued, and the search for the sixth person is ongoing.

Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, is engulfed in the years-long civil war.

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The crash isn't the first one for a military helicopter in 2017.

The Yemen branch of al Qaeda is the most active terror network, operating in the country torn by bloody conflict between government forces and Houthi rebels, who took over the capital, Sanaa, in 2015.

A small team of U.S.

Earlier this month, an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Hawaiileft five soldiers missing, ultimately forcing the Army to suspend its search and presume the soldiers dead.

Since Feb. 28, the USA has carried out at least 80 airstrikes in Yemen, including close-air support for UAE and Yemeni government forces. Three other SEALs were wounded and a Marine MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed in the operation.

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