U.S. Navy chopper goes down off Virginia, one crew member dead
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:16
Jan. 8 - Navy helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during training flight; cause of crash is under investigation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A U.S. Navy helicopter went down off the Virginia coast on Wednesday and one of the five crew members has died, Captain Todd Flannery of the U.S. Navy said at a news conference.
Two of the other crew members are in stable condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and one will soon be in surgery. Search and rescue efforts are out for the fifth crew member who is currently missing.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
A Coast Guard cutter and two helicopters were dispatched to the site. Capt. Flannery said it took less than an hour to recover the four crew members.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter was on a training flight when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Fort Story, about 150 miles (240 km) south of Washington .
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