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US Army soldier listed as ‘whereabouts unknown’ now considered deceased after Black Hawk crash

September 05, 2017

The Defense Department has announced that Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez is deceased following a Black Hawk crash off the coast of Yemen.

He had previously been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) after the training incident on Aug. 25, which 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.