Truckee resident dies in Navy helicopter crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. ( & KRNV) -- The Department of Defense has confirmed that one of the two crew members who died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday was from Truckee.

Petty Officer, Third Class Brian Collins, 25, died when his MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crash-landed in the Atlantic Ocean during a training exercise. Military officials said the helicopter was forced to make an emergency water landing, although it was not initially clear what prompted the emergency landing.