1 crew member being sought
(CNN) —One person died and another was missing after a Navy helicopter carrying a crew of five made an emergency water landing off Virginia Beach during a routine training operation, the Navy said Wednesday.
The fatality appeared to have been among the four crew members of the MH-53E Sea Dragon who were rescued and taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.
None of the crew have been identified.
The Navy said in a statement that the Coast Guard cutter Shearwater and two MH-60S helicopters were conducting a search-and-rescue effort near Fort Story for the missing person.
The air temperature was 28 degrees and the water temperature was 41 degrees, with 1- to 2-foot seas, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Nyx Cangemi.
The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14), which is based at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon carries no weapons. It has two pilots and a crew of one to six, depending on its mission, according to the Navy. There were 31 of the aircraft in operation, it said.