Crew member goes missing after Navy helicopter forced to make emergency landing off Virginia coast

By Gina DiFalco,

Following a routine training operation off the coast of Virginia Beach on Wednesday, one Navy crew member was missing after their helicopter had to make an emergency landing.

In a statement, the Navy announced an investigation is underway as to why an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter had to make a water landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Four out of the five crew members were rescued and taken to a nearby hospital but the severity of their injuries hasn’t been announced. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Nyx Cangem noted the freezing temperatures at the time of the accident – it was 28 degrees outside and the water temperature was 41 degrees.

According to CNN, none of the personnel were identified but it is known that they’re based at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field.

A Coast Guard cutter Shearwater and two MH-60S helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron Twenty Eight (HSC-28) are currently carrying out a search and rescue mission for the mission crew member.

UPDATE: One has been declared dead and another missing out of the crew of five

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