WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he’s confident there will be a detailed and thorough investigation into an Army helicopter crash off the coast of Florida.
Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, who heads the Marine Corps special forces, and Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard. Seven Marines and four soldiers are believed to have been killed in the Black Hawk crash during a night-time training mission.
The White House says Obama expressed his condolences to the families and fellow service members of those killed. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama also conveyed his deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by U.S. troops.
Fog in the area reduced visibility to two miles or less when the copter went missing Tuesday night.