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Missing Marine chopper crew 'accounted for'

Pentagon: Hostile fire unlikely in crash of Marine choppers

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U.S. and Djibouti crews search the area Saturday, where two U.S. Marine Corps transport helicopters crashed.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The 10 crew members missing after the crash of two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters off the coast of the eastern African nation of Djibouti "have been accounted for," the U.S. military said Saturday.

"Next-of-kin notifications are still ongoing; therefore, no further information regarding the status or condition of the crew members will be released at this time," the military said in a statement.

Search and rescue efforts "have been curtailed," the military said, but the "recovery of pertinent information, equipment and wreckage for the accident investigation board will continue to determine the cause of the crash."

Pentagon officials said there was no indication that hostile fire played any role.

The two crew members who were rescued are in stable condition, the Pentagon said. One had knee surgery, and the other "suffered muscular and skeletal bruising, no fractures, and may have inhaled contaminated sea water."

At the time of the crash, the CH-53E helicopters were each carrying a crew of six while conducting a two-hour training mission in the Godoria Range area in northern Djibouti.

"The weather at the time of the mishap was reported to be partly cloudy, about 80 degrees, with light to variable winds and unlimited visibility," the military had said earlier.

The helicopters, nicknamed "Sea Stallions" because of their capability to lift heavy equipment, are part of the HMH 464 squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

U.S. forces operate a military base and command center at Camp Lemonier, in Djibouti. The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is aimed at detecting and defeating terrorists in the Horn of Africa region.

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report

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