UPDATE 12:52 p.m. – Officials have confirmed one crewman has been killed in the Navy helicopter accident Wednesday morning.
Our Virginia sister station, WTKR, reported the helicopter went down during routine training operations off the Virginia Beach coast.
The U.S. Navy confirms that a MH-53E Sea Dragon is the helicopter involved.
WTKR reported Navy spokesman Mike Kafka said five people were on board the helicopter.
Four were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after being rescued from a life raft.
The Navy announced shortly afterwards one of the four was confirmed dead.
One crew member is still unaccounted for; search efforts are ongoing.
UPDATE 11:26 a.m. – https://twitter.com/USNavy/status/420969439325327360
NORFOLK, VA – A U.S. Navy helicopter is down off the Virginia coast, the Navy said Wednesday.
The Navy tweeted that the craft was down off the coast of Norfolk.
It said a search and rescue operation was under way.