Navy’s surveillance plane crash in Virginia, crew out of ‘OK’


On Monday afternoon, an E-2 Hawke Navy surveillance aircraft crashed in an open field off the east coast of Virginia and everyone was able to safely go out.

Two pilots and two crew members of the flight were conducting a training flight out of Naval Station Norfolk.

A Navy spokesman told Fox News that the plane crashed around 3:50 pm Monday afternoon.

“The two pilots and two crew members exited the aircraft safely through the main cabin door. At the time of the crash, the E-2 was conducting a training flight, “said Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, a Navy spokesman.

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The Navy says the E-2 was from the Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron was flying out of Norfolk when it crashed into a field off the east coast of Virginia near Wallops Island, where Navy aircraft The carrier was landing the boat.

It is located near Chincoteague, a wildlife refuge known for its wild ponies.

It is not yet clear why the plane crashed. Officials say it is fortunate that all four crew members were able to go out for their flight training and speak.

The E-2 does not have ejection seats, so the crew has to descend from their seat with a heavy parachute in the back and reshuffle the rear of the aircraft.

The crew has to fasten in their parachute before landing.

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The E-2 is a surveillance aircraft whose spinning radar dish is 24 feet in diameter. It launches to be “eyes in the sky” from aircraft carriers to detect enemy aircraft, relay communications and vector friendly aircraft.

Based on initial reports, the Navy states that no buildings or land were damaged or damaged in the crash.

Stephen Gardner, whose grandmother lives near the crash site, told WAVY that he heard a loud bang and “real big flames, maybe bigger than a house.”

“When I came here, it was just black smoke,” he continued. “I am glad that no one was hurt, especially the house, the houses here. If it goes down anywhere, it was a good location. ”

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The cause of the crash is under investigation.