4 Rescued From Navy Helicopter Off Virginia Coast

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4 rescued from Navy helicopter off Virginia coast ( courtesy: WTVR)

(CNN) — Four people were rescued after a U.S. Navy helicopter went down off the Virginia coast, the Navy said Wednesday.

A search was under way for one more crew member, it said in a tweet.

**Get the latest here from our sister station WTVR in Norfolk, Virginia.**

A U.S. Navy spokesman said the helicopter was on a routine mission when the incident occurred off Norfolk, near Fort Story.

There were five people on board at the time.

The helicopter is an MH-53E, the Navy said on Twitter. It initially misidentified the craft as a CH-53E.

The MH-53E Sea Dragon carries no weapons. It has two pilots and a crew of one to six airmen, depending on its mission, according to the Navy. It is used to transport heavy equipment and supplies for amphibious assault.

There are 31 of the aircraft in operation, it said.

1 Comment

  • Bill

    I was part of HM-14 from 2004-2006 and can say that they are an exemplary group of men and women. My thoughts and prayers go out to all involved!

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