Norfolk, Virginia: US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon Helicopter Crashes; 2 Dead, 1 Missing

January 8, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed about 18 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday.

There were five people on board.

Rescue boats and another helicopter responded, rescuing four of the persons.  Two of them died. The fifth remains missing, the Navy said.

“Search continues for remaining crew member,” it said.

The Navy has a base in Norfolk, the Naval Station Norfolk, also known as NS Norfolk or the Norfolk Naval Base. It’s the world’s largest naval station, supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft.

The Sea Dragon is currently out of production but current models are still being used for missions, the Navy said on its website.

It typically has two pilots and a crew of one to six people.

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