NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — A second crewman has died following the crash this morning of a U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter in the Virginia Capes.
Two crew members remain hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is listed in serious condition and the other has been upgraded to fair condition.
The search for the fifth crew member is continuing.
The identity of the deceased crew members will not be released until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin.
The crew members are all members of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) based at Norfolk Naval Station Chambers Field. They were flying a MH-53E “Sea Dragon” on a routine mine countermeasure training exercise when the accident happened.
Virginia Beach Fire Department boats have located the aircraft fuselage and tail section using their side-scan radar.