Two Killed in Navy Helicopter Crash off Virginia

A Navy helicopter carrying five crew members crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia during a training mission Wednesday, killing two crew members and injuring two others, the U.S. Navy said. Rescuers are still searching for the fifth crew member.

The service members were hoisted from 42-degree waters by a Navy helicopter and taken to a hospital, the Navy said in a statement. The two surviving sailors were being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is listed in serious condition, the other has been upgraded to fair, the Navy said in a news release.

The Navy identified the helicopter as a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon. The cause of the crash, which occurred about 18 miles offshore, is under investigation.

On Tuesday evening four U.S. service members were killed when an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in England near the North Sea.

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