Navy Copter Down Off Virginia Coast

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-08 14:12:41-05

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(CNN) — One person 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 four rescued crew members of the MH-53E Sea Dragon were taken to a hospital; their injuries were not immediately known, theNavy said in a statement.

None of the crew has been identified.

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 one- to two-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 airmen, depending on its mission, according to the Navy. There are 31 of the aircraft in operation, it said.