Navy Helicopter Crashes into Atlantic Near Norfolk, Va.; 4 Rescued

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 01:11 PM

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A Navy helicopter crashed into the Atlantic near Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday with five people on board. All but one have been rescued, according to The Associated Press.

The search continued for the fifth occupant in 42 degree seas after a Navy helicopter airlifted the four and brought them to a civilian hospital in Norfolk, Coast Guard Petty Officer David Weydert said.

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The condition of the four, who were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, was not immediately available. A spokeswoman referred questions about their status to the Navy, which did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.

The Navy identified the aircraft as an MH-53-E. According to the Naval Air Systems Command website, the aircraft performs airborne mine countermeasures and onboard delivery missions. It holds a crew of up to eight, including two pilots and is capable of speeds of more than 170 mph.

The helicopter's mission or why it went down was not immediately known.

Oddly, a Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Norfolk, England, occurred just the day before, killing four U.S. Air Force members.

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