Navy Helicopter Carrying 5 Crashes off Va. Beach Coast

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Two crew members are dead while the search for another continues following a Navy helicopter crash off the Virginia coast.

The U.S. Navy says five people were on board the MH-53E helicopter when it plunged in the chilly, 42-degree waters today. Four were rescued and taken to a Norfolk hospital, where one of them died.
    
Capt. Todd Flannery says two crew members are in stable condition while the other is to have surgery.
    
The Navy says the identity of the dead crewmen will be released 24 hours after his family has been notified.
    
It's not known why the three-engine chopper went down about 20 miles from Virginia Beach. The Navy says the crash is under investigation.

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