Petty Officer David Weydert says the search continues for the fifth person. Two Coast Guard cutters were racing to the scene about 18 miles off the Virginia coast.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- One person is dead and one is missing after a Navy helicopter with five people on board went down in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said.
Officials said a Navy helicopter rescued four from the water and transported them to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, and that one of the four had died. A sea search was underway for the fifth person
"Two Navy helos on scene dropped a raft, recovered the four and took them to the hospital," said Coast Guard Petty Officer John Miller.
Chris Kitschbaugh said he saw the four crewmembers getting taken off the military helicopter at Sentara Norfolk General.
"The doors went flying open," he said. "As soon as the helicopter touched down, the crewmembers called for people to come over with stretchers and get as much help as they could get."
Coast Guard Petty Officer David Weydert says the search continues for the fifth person. Two Coast Guard cutters were racing to the scene about 18 miles off the Virginia coast.
Navy officials said the helicopter that crashed was a MH-53E Sea Dragon. According to the Naval Air Systems Command website, the aircraft performs airborne mine countermeasures and onboard delivery missions. It holds a crew of up to eight, including two pilots and is capable of speeds of more than 170 miles per hour.
Officials said the 87-foot patrol boat Shearwater out of Portsmouth, small boat from Station Little Creek and two MH-60S helicopters were responding. A Virginia Beach fireboat was assisting the military, officials said.
Meteorologist Evan Stewart said the water temperature was about 40 degrees and the air temperature about 30 degrees.
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