NEW: Navy Helicopter Down In Atlantic

Search-And-Rescue Operation Under Way

Posted: January 8, 2014

The Coast Guard says a Navy helicopter with five aboard went down in the Atlantic this morning about 18 miles off Virginia Beach.

Petty Officer David Weydert says the helicopter was reported down at about 11 a.m. today. He said there was no immediate word on any casualties.

Weydert said two Coast Guard vessels were responding to the crash site, and one was within 3 miles of where the helicopter went down.

The Navy did not have any immediate word on the crash.

The helicopter is a CH-53E, according to the Navy’s Twitter account.

The Navy tweeted that the craft was down off the coast of Norfolk. It’s not immediately clear why the Navy and Coast Guard offered slightly different locations for the incident, but the discrepancy is a minor one as Virginia Beach and Norfolk are only about 20 miles apart.

The Navy said a search-and-rescue operation was under way.

The CH-53E Super Stallion's mission is the transportation of heavy equipment and supplies for amphibious assault, according to the Navy.

The helicopter carries a crew of four: a pilot, co-pilot, crew chief and mechanic/gunner.

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