Military Helicopter Crashes Amid Dense Florida Fog, 11 Missing

Seven marines and four crew members are missing after a helicopter accident during a routine training exercise near the Eglin Military Base in the Florida Panhandle.

At the time of the crash, heavy fog engulfed the region. Officials report the accident occurred near the Navarre Bridge in Navarre, Florida, roughly 20 miles from the base on Tuesday night.

"At 8:30 p.m. CST when the crash was said to occur, fog was reducing the visibility to 1/4 to 1 mile in the area," Meteorologist Meghan Mussoline said.

"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 said Wednesday morning.

Debris was recovered by search and rescue teams at 2:00 a.m. Fog continues to hamper recovery efforts with visibility at less than 1/4 of a mile in the region.

"While the fog will clear up as the day goes on, showers and thunderstorms may continue to hamper recovery throughout the day," Mussoline said.

The accident is still under investigation.

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