Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Norfolk, Va., Coast

One confirmed dead, search continues for missing crew member.

An MH-53E Sea Dragon launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu on July 10, 2008.
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One member of a Navy helicopter crew is dead and one remains missing after an MH-53E Sea Dragon crashed off the coast of Norfolk, Va., Wednesday.

A search and rescue team was able to recover four members of the five-person crew, the Navy reports. One has been confirmed dead, and the other three have been transported to a local hospital. Their current statuses have not been released.

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The Navy's official Twitter account confirmed the crash at 11:38 a.m. local time.

A subsequent release states the aircraft was forced to conduct an emergency water landing into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Beach coast. The crew was conducting training operations at the time.

The news comes one day after reports of a separate crash of a U.S. helicopter in England. An Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk, based out of Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath in Suffolk, crashed at roughly 6 p.m. local time Tuesday near the Salthouse area on the Norfolk coast. It was also on a low-level training mission at the time.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. All four members of the crew were killed.

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