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U.S. military helicopter crashes near Yemen, 1 troop missing

A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a training exercise off the coast of Yemen Friday, U.S. Central Command reported Saturday. Five of the six U.S. troops on board were rescued, and the search for the sixth person is ongoing.

The cause of the Black Hawk helicopter's crash is unknown. "Commanders deemed this location appropriate and safe for a routine training event," Centcom said, "considering both the operational environment and weather conditions at the time."

The U.S. conducts anti-terror airstrikes in Yemen and supports a Saudi-led military intervention that has contributed to the country's grave humanitarian crisis.