Navy Helicopter Crash Leaves One Dead

A search is ongoing for a missing crew member.

A Chinook helicopter in Khost province, Afghanistan.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Jan. 8, 2014, 10:10 a.m.

One ser­vice­mem­ber died Wed­nes­day after a Navy heli­copter crashed off the coast of Nor­folk, Va., with one per­son still miss­ing.

The Navy con­firmed Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that a MH-53E heli­copter crash Wed­nes­day morn­ing left one per­son dead. The ser­vice mem­ber, whose iden­tity won’t be re­leased un­til 24 hours after their fam­ily has been no­ti­fied, was one of four res­cued earli­er in the day. The con­di­tion of the three oth­er mem­bers, who are be­ing treated at a hos­pit­al, is un­known.

The heli­copter was per­form­ing a “routine train­ing op­er­a­tion” at the time of the crash, the cause of which is cur­rently known, the Navy said in a state­ment.

The crash comes a day after an Air Force heli­copter crashed in a nature re­serve near the coast in Nor­folk County in Eng­land. That crash killed four ser­vice­mem­bers, and is still be­ing in­vest­ig­ated.

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