Pentagon: String of Troubling Crashes Likely Unrelated

Pentagon sees no correlation in 2 helicopters, 1 jet that crashed in a week.

An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron flies over Cook Inlet in Alaska on April 30, 2013.
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The Pentagon believes three recent military aircraft crashes worldwide are unrelated.

Two helicopters crashed last week. The first, a Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon, was forced to conduct an emergency landing off the coast of Norfolk, Va. on Jan. 8. Three of the five crew members died in the crash. Divers recovered the body of one of the pilots on Wednesday.

[READ: Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Norfolk, Va. Coast]

The day before that crash, an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk based out of Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath in Suffolk, U.K., crashed at roughly 6 p.m. local time in a marshland near the Norfolk coast. It was conducting a low-level training mission at the time. All four members of that crew were killed.

In the latest incident, a Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The pilot was forced to eject and deployed his life raft. He was eventually rescued by local fishermen, and remains in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.

"We're not seeing any trends with these," said Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby on Thursday, when asked if the Defense Department saw any potential links. "I think they're all tragic mishaps."

The causes of each of these crashes are currently under investigation.

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