National Guard to speak about chopper crash that killed 11

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National Guard to speak about chopper crash that killed 11
Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog.
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Seven Marines and four soldiers are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed off a Florida Beach early Wednesday morning. Thick fog had reduced visibility in the area when the helicopter was on a training mission. (March 11)
Military officials say they have found the main site where a helicopter crashed during a training mission off the Florida coast, killing seven Marines and four soldiers. (March 12)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana National Guard was expected Monday to release the names of four members killed last week when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off Florida's Panhandle during a nighttime training mission.

Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, scheduled a news conference late Monday morning at the Jackson Barracks Museum in New Orleans.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags at the state Capitol and all other state buildings and institutions to fly at half-staff until sunset March 20 to honor the guard members and seven Marines who died in the crash March 10.

The soldiers from Hammond each did two tours in Iraq and participated in humanitarian missions after Gulf Coast hurricanes and the 2010 BP oil spill off Louisiana.

All eleven were killed when the helicopter crashed into about 25 feet of water in dense fog Tuesday night.

Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander of Marine Corps special operations forces, has said they were practicing rappelling down ropes into the water and heading for land, but had decided to abort the mission as too risky.

The crash is being investigated by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, based in Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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