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One Crew Member Killed, One Missing After Navy Helicopter Goes Down Off Virginia Coast

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One Dead, One Missing After Navy Helicoper Crash

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.

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