A video showing the August 31 crash of the U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft was released on the internet.
The footage, taken taken by a 13News Now viewer, shows the aircraft going down and crashing behind the trees.
The 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.
According to the Navy, the two pilots and two crew members bailed out of the aircraft safely using parachutes, through the main cabin door. The E-2C crew are required to strap on the parachutes when they get aboard the aircraft
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.
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.