U.S. Navy E-2C Pilots, Aircrew Bailed Out of Aircraft Using Parachutes Before It Crashed

The pilots and aircrew of the E-2C Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, which crashed on Aug. 31, bailed out of the aircraft using parachutes, a U.S. Navy statement said.

“The pilots and aircrew bailed out of the aircraft using parachutes located in the aircraft. The crew are required to strap on the parachutes when they get aboard the aircraft,” said the statement.

According to the Navy, the two pilots and two crew members bailed out of the aircraft safely through the main cabin door.

An E-2C Hawkeye crashed in Accomack County in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Virginia at approximately 3:50 p.m. Monday. At the time of the crash, the E-2 was conducting a training flight.

The aircraft was assigned to the Navy’s Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron on board Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-120 reports to Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing commanded by Capt. Michael France.

“Initial reports indicate no structures or personnel on the ground were damaged or injured in the mishap. The cause of the mishap is under investigation,” said the Navy statement.

Full Navy statement:

NORFOLK, Va. – An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron on board Naval Station Norfolk, crashed in Accomack County in Virginia, Aug. 31.

The E-2 crashed at approximately 3:50 p.m. The two pilots and two crew members bailed out of the aircraft safely through the main cabin door. At the time of the crash, the E-2 was conducting a training flight.

The pilots and aircrew bailed out of the aircraft using parachutes located in the aircraft. The crew are required to strap on the parachutes when they get aboard the aircraft.

VAW-120 reports to Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing commanded by Capt. Michael France.

Initial reports indicate no structures or personnel on the ground were damaged or injured in the mishap.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

E-2 Hawkeye

The E-2C Hawkeye is the U.S. Navy’s all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft. The E-2C is a twin engine, five crewmember, high-wing turboprop aircraft with a 24-foot diameter radar rotodome attached to the upper fuselage.

The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control functions for the Carrier Strike Group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay. An integral component of the Carrier Strike Group air wing, the E-2 uses computerized radar, Identification Friend or Foe and electronic surveillance sensors to provide early warning, threat analysis against potentially hostile air and surface targets.

Variants of the E-2C Hawkeye are also flown by the Egyptian Air Force, Japanese Self Defense Air Force, Taiwan Air Force and the French Navy.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform, replacing the E-2C Hawkeye. The E-2D reached IOC in October 2014.



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