1 of 4 rescued from Navy chopper crash dies

By Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, spatrick@news4jax.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 12:54:51 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 08 2014 05:05:26 PM EST
MH-53E Sea Dragon

U.S. Navy file photo

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -

A Navy helicopter with five crew members went down in the Atlantic off the Virginia coast during a routine mission Wednesday, killing one crew member and injuring three, the U.S. Navy said. Rescuers were still looking for a fifth person.

One of the crew members who was hoisted with three others from the chilly, 42-degree waters by a Navy helicopter died in a civilian hospital, the Navy said in a statement. The other three were being evaluated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Their conditions were not known, the Navy said.
    
The Navy identified the aircraft as an MH-53E. The helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen based at Naval Station Norfolk, was conducting routine training operations at the time of the crash, the Navy said.
    
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.

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