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US Army soldier listed as ‘whereabouts unknown’ after Black Hawk crash off coast of Yemen

August 31, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that one U.S. soldier is now listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN). That soldier is Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez.

Rivera-Lopez was the same soldier who was identified as missing following a Black Hawk crash off the southern coast of Yemen during training on Aug. 25.

The soldier was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

The incident is under investigation, and no other details were available at this time.

Five service members were rescued following the crash. The crew was training approximately 20 miles off the southern coast of Yemen.

This is the second most recent Black Hawk helicopter crash.

The nearly week-long search for five missing aircrew members was recently called off, following a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on August 16.