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Sailor Killed in Chopper Crash Off Virginia From Truckee

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Searches have been suspended for a missing crewmember from a Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon that crashed off of Virginia Beach yesterday.

Two of the five crewmembers died from injuries sustained in the crash, two more were hospitalized.

The two crew members who died in the crash have been identified as 25-year-old Petty Officer Brian Andrew Collins of Truckee, California and 29-year-old Lt. J. Wesley Van Dorn of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Van Dorn, a Navy pilot, has been in the Navy for six years, seven months. Collins has served for two years, two months.

One of the hospitalized victims was released on Thursday. The other remains hospitalized but the Navy says he is doing well and are hopeful that he will be released as early as tomorrow.

The two pilots and three aircrew are all members of Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) based at Naval Station Norfolk's Chambers Field.

Late Wednesday, the Navy said Virginia Beach Fire Department boats located the aircraft fuselage and tail section using their side-scan radar. They announced Thursday that remotely operated vehicles diving on the potential sites of tail and fuselage sections confirmed location of the wreckage. The depth of the water where the wreckage was found is approximately 67 feet deep.

The Sea Dragon was performing routine airborne mine countermeasure training operations with another MH-53E when it had to make an emergency water landing. A life raft was dropped by the other helicopter and a distress call was made at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. (AP)

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