Two Dead in Navy Copter Crash Off Virginia Coast

Virginia Beach, VA (AP/Hamodia) -

A Navy Sea Dragon helicopter with a crew of five crashed at sea off the coast of Cape Henry, Virginia during a training mission Wednesday, killing two crew members and leaving two hospitalized, the U.S. Navy said. Rescuers searched into the night for the fifth.

The two dead were among four crewmembers hoisted from the 42-degree waters by a Navy helicopter and taken to a hospital … 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.

“Today has definitely been a tough day on all of us,” Capt. Todd Flannery, the commander of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, said at a news conference. “Our heartfelt prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in today’s crash.”