NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) - Two people are dead and another person is still missing after a Navy helicopter went down off the Virginia coast Wednesday morning, according to WAVY.com.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter went down in the Atlantic 18 nautical miles east of Cape Henry, Naval Air Forces Atlantic told WAVY.com. Five people were onboard the helicopter when it went down - four people were recovered and taken to Sentara Norfolk, according to WAVY. One of the people recovered was confirmed dead around 1:40 p.m. A second person was confirmed dead shortly after 7 p.m.
"I was saddened to hear of the confirmed death of one of the helicopter's crew members. We must always remember the tremendous sacrifices our men and women in uniform make each and every day both here at home and abroad," said Congressman Bobby Scott. "My thoughts and prayers are with all of the crew members and their families."
The MH-53E is mainly used to find mines and can operate from carriers. It can carry up to 55 troops or a 16-ton payload, according to the Navy.