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Military helicopter crashes in northwest Florida; 11 missing

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By Ed Payne CNN

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posted at 7:20 p.m. ET]

The military helicopter that crashed during a Tuesday night in northwest Florida went down in water in the Okaloosa Island area, Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.

"We have begun to see debris washing ashore on both the north and the south side of the sound," Bourland said.

[Original story, posted at 6:37 a.m. ET]

Eleven members of the U.S. military were missing after an Army UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a training mission in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday night, representatives of Eglin Air Force Base said.

The helicopter, carrying four aircrew and seven Marines, was reported missing at about 8:30 p.m., and searchers found debris from the aircraft near Eglin at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the base said.

"Search and rescue efforts are under way at the accident site currently," a military statement said.

A second Black Hawk on the training mission returned to the base, located about 65 miles east of Pensacola.

A dense fog advisory was in place for the region, reducing visibility in some areas to less than a quarter of a mile.

The seven Marines were assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The aircraft were assigned to the Army National Guard in Hammond, Louisiana, the military said.

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