Portsmouth, VA – Two Men Missing After Helicopter Crash Near Albemarle Sound

Written by: Virginia Beach Injury Law

Portsmouth, VA (July 20, 2021) – Coast Guard officials and other rescue units are searching for two people after a reported helicopter accident occurred in the area of the Albemarle Sound on Tuesday morning, July 20.

Just before 11:30 a.m., a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew discovered debris in the water about nine miles north of the Alligator River Bridge. Just an hour beforehand, someone else recovered a backpack with personal belongings about four miles south, the Coast Guard said.

Two men were traveling in the Robinson R44 helicopter, which was lost shortly before it crashed. Friends of the two men told the Coast Guard they had lost communication with the helicopter around 6:40 p.m. on Monday evening.

The two men had planned to land at the Dare County Regional Airport after taking off from Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport. It’s unclear how the accident was caused, and police have not released further details about the victims involved.

The investigation into the circumstances causing the accident is ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the two victims and everyone else affected by this incident.

Virginia Aviation Accidents

Though aviation accidents are rare compared to car wrecks and other common types of collisions occurring on major roadways, deadly air incidents do happen throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. Although these accidents are often preventable and may be caused by pilot error or negligence on the part of a large commercial company, we are forced to witness the overwhelming consequences families are forced to endure. Hundreds of victims are rushed to area hospitals after their accidents where they have to undergo emergency medical treatment and spend days or even weeks in recovery. Victims often require therapy for their injuries, which is time-consuming and costly. Unfortunately, not every accident victim is able to recover, and several succumb to their injuries. Despite the low odds of being involved in an aviation accident, victims and the families affected by these occurrences suffer devastating consequences.

In many cases, the negligent or reckless actions of others are the cause of these types of accidents. Statistics show that more than 80% of accidents are caused by negligent parties who engage in reckless behaviors while operating their vehicles, from trucks to planes and cars to beyond. When people sustain fatal injuries in accidents caused by the actions of other motorists, their families should reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Virginia as soon as possible. Families may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward.

Working with a competent Virginia Beach attorney will ensure your family is able to move forward and recover after experience a loss resulting from the negligence of another party. Virginia personal injury attorney Ron Kramer of Virginia Beach Law Firm has extensive experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve after losing a loved one in a preventable collision. We provide proven and effective legal guidance to ensure our clients are able to protect their legal rights after enduring a tragic loss. Our team stops at nothing to ensure our clients are in the best position possible to move forward. If you’ve lost a loved one in an auto accident in the Virginia Beach area, contact our Virginia personal injury law firm at (757) 802-4662 to schedule a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience. We are ready to help you in your time of need and help you explore the legal options available for you in the aftermath of an accident.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources when gathering information for these posts. This includes, but is not limited to local news stories, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts of injury accidents in the Hampton Roads area. Our staff does not independently verify the information in our posts. As a result, if you find any information that is not correct or if you would prefer that we remove the post, please contact our firm right away so that we can make the appropriate changes to reflect the most accurate information available or remove the post.

Disclaimer: Virginia Beach Injury Law has worked hard throughout the years to become valued members of the local Virginia Beach business community. Our goal in writing these posts is to inform and educate Virginia residents about the dangers of driving and boating in hopes that everyone will use caution when operating any type of vehicle or watercraft and avoid being involved in a serious accident. This post should not be misconstrued as a solicitation for business. These posts are not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene. 

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