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(VALPARAISO, Fla.) — Seven Marines and four soldiers were reported missing early Wednesday morning after a helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, base officials said.

The helicopter was reported missing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and debris was located at about 2 a.m., base officials said in a statement.

Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told ABC News that it’s unknown if weather played a factor.

“There was fog. I do not know at this time if it was a contributing factor, but when our search and rescue personnel arrived on scene there was very limited visibility,” he said.

The Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers were from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit, officials said.

The crew of a second helicopter was recovered and is safe, Bourland said.

The accident — which happened during a training mission on a beach between Pensacola and Destin — is under investigation.

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