One Crew Member Killed, One Missing After Navy Helicopter Goes Down Off Virginia Coast
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The U.S. Navy reported on its Twitter account that one crew member has died and one is still missing after their MH-53E helicopter went down in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 18 miles off the coast of Virginia.
Search and rescue operations continue for the missing crew member.
According to a Navy news release, the MH-53E Sea Dragon made an emergency water landing off the Virginia Beach coast near Fort Story.
As of 10:52 a.m. PST, the Navy reported one fatality in the crash.
The search is still on for the missing crew member:
The Coast Guard cutter Shearwater and two MH-60S helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron Twenty Eight (HSC-28) are conducting the search and rescue.
The downed MH-53E Sea Dragon is assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen, which is based at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field.
The investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.