U.S. Navy chopper down off Virginia coast, four of five aboard rescued

by Reuters
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 17:53 GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy helicopter went down off the Virginia coast on Wednesday, and four of the five people aboard have been rescued, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Spokesman Nyx Cangemi said the Coast Guard received a report about 11 a.m. ET (1600 GMT) that the aircraft had gone into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) east of Cape Henry, Virginia.

Two rescue crews were dispatched to the site. Four people were rescued and they are being flown to a hospital in Norfolk, he said.

"We are searching for the remaining helicopter crew member," Cangemi said. He had no details on the cause of the crash.

In a Twitter feed, the Navy identified the helicopter as a MH-53E Sea Dragon.

(Reporting by Lacey Johnson; Editing by Ian Simpson and Chizu Nomiyama)

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