CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina --
Seven Marines assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command were on board a Louisiana Army National Guard UH-60 aircraft that was involved in a training mishap last night at approximately 8:30 p.m. near Eglin, Florida.
Search and rescue efforts are currently underway at the site of the accident. Names of the aircrew and Marines on board are being withheld while the search and rescue mission is underway.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines, soldiers and family members of those involved in this mishap. We are working closely with all parties involved to locate our Marines and the Army aircrew as soon as possible," Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command.
The accident is under investigation. Additional details will be provided as they become available.
Media seeking additional information should contact the MARSOC Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Barry Morris via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: (910) 440-0770 or (910) 650-8472.