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Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon crash kills 2 crew members, 1 missing

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Yesterday afternoon, the Navy and Coast Guard called off a search for the missing crew member of a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that crashed Wednesday morning near Virginia Beach.

The two crew members who did not survive the crash are identified by the military as 25-year-old Petty Officer Brian Collins of Truckee, California and 29-year-old Lt. Wesley Van Dorn of Greensboro, North Carolina.

There were five members onboard the helicopter at the time of the crash. Names of the two survivors, one of whom has already been released from a local hospital, have not been released. The missing crew member has not been identified by the Navy at this time.

All crew members were from the Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron Fourteen (HM-14), Naval Station Norfolk, Chambers Field and they were performing routine airborne mine countermeasure training.

Parts of the helicopter have already been recovered.

There is an active investigation into the cause of the crash.

This has been a deadly week for U.S. military helicopter crews. Four U.S. Airmen were killed off the coast of Norfolk, England, while performing a mission with the R.A.F. Read more here.

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