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Navy Helicopter Goes Down Off Virginia Coast, 3 Rescued: Officials

by Courtney Kube and Jim Miklaszewski /  / Updated 
Three people were rescued from a downed Navy helicopter near the James River Bridge on June 14, 2016. It went down during a routine training mission.
Three people were rescued from a downed Navy helicopter near the James River Bridge on June 14, 2016. It went down during a routine training mission.WAVY.com

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A Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia during a routine training mission Tuesday morning, leading to a water rescue of the three-person crew, officials said.

The crew members on the MH-60S chopper were recovered off Newport News near the James River Bridge, Naval Air Force officials said in a statement. A good Samaritan vessel recovered them, reported NBC affiliate WAVY.

Three people were rescued from a downed Navy helicopter near the James River Bridge on June 14, 2016. It went down during a routine training mission.
Three people were rescued from a downed Navy helicopter near the James River Bridge on June 14, 2016. It went down during a routine training mission.WAVY.com

Officials added they were not looking for anyone else on board.

The crew — part of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two at Norfolk Naval Station — was taken to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with non-life-threatening injuries.

A call about the incident was initially reported around 11:12 a.m. ET, according to WAVY. The Coast Guard, Newport News Fire Department and Virginia Marine Resources Commission were determining the cause of the crash.

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