Crew member rescued in Navy helicopter crash dies

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:40 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- The Navy says one of four crewmembers rescued when a military helicopter went down in the Atlantic off Virginia has died.
 
The Navy said the crewman died Wednesday hours after he was rescued about 20 miles east of Virginia Beach and taken to a civilian hospital in Norfolk. Three other crew members are being evaluated at the hospital.
 
The search continues for a fifth crew member in the 42-degree seas.
 
The identity of the dead crewman has not been released.
 
The helicopter was identified by the Navy as an MH-53-E. 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. 
 
The helicopter measures 99 feet long and more than 28 feet tall and weighs 69,750 pounds.
 

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