Black Hawk down: 10pm coverage
HAMMOND - As twilight turned to night and a dreary day ended Wednesday, the emotions of those who live and work near the Louisiana National Guard base where four guardsmen missing after a Black Hawk crash were stationed was as gray as the weather; still waiting for word on what happened and the identities of the soldiers who likely died in the wreck.
"I was very disheartened," Matt Renshaw said. "I know a lot of people in the military, I know these people put a lot of effort in training and a lot of time to protect our nation and just a simple exercise like that, it's quite said," he added. Renshaw said his mother was in the National Guard.
Flags were lowered to half staff around the city.
The helicopter crashed off the coast of Florida late Tuesday but the severity of the situation bid not become apparent until early Wednesday. Wreckage washed ashore on the beach.
The guardsmen and seven Marines were doing a training mission when their helicopter crashed. Officials said fog has been an issue in the area.
Late Wednesday, the search effort was suspended. It is expected to resume Thursday morning.
Along the Florida panhandle, people are being asked to report debris to a special hotline and not touch or remove it.
Names of those involved have not been released.
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