1 Sailor Dead, 2 Injured in Navy Hawkeye Crash Off Virginia Coast
One sailor is dead and two others hurt after a Navy E-2D Hawkeye crashed Wednesday, March 30, off the coast of Virginia.
Few details have been released about the crash, but the Navy confirmed the Hawkeye and crew were part of an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron based out of Norfolk, Virginia, and crashed near Wallops Island and Chincoteague, 100 miles northeast of Virginia Beach.
The aircraft and its crew were conducting routine flight operations when the plane crashed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Maryland State Police rescued two sailors and rushed them to a hospital on Wallops Island where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Navy news release.
“Unfortunately, the third crew member was found deceased in the aircraft. The Worcester County Fire Department Dive Team supported the search and recovery of the deceased,” the release reads. “The name of the crew member killed will not be released at this time, pending primary next of kin notification.”
The Hawkeye is an early warning command and control aircraft equipped with the most advanced airborne radar in the world. It is used by the Navy to coordinate missions on land, at sea, and in the air, as well as in rescue operations and managing communication networks.