Naval Divers Find Wreck of E-2D Hawkeye that Crashed On Virginia Beach


Naval Divers Find Wreck of E-2D Hawkeye that crashed on Virginia Beach
Barges, carrying what is left of a crashed Navy E2-D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, makes its way to a NASA facility in Wallops, Virginia, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Patrick Henderickson/AP Photo)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Navy divers have recouped an airplane that crashed last month in the water off the Eastern Shore near the Virginia-Maryland line, eliminating one sailor.

The E-2D Hawkeye was conducting regular flight procedures at Wallops Island, Virginia, when it went down about 7:30 p.m. on March 30, a Navy representative stated. One of the three seafarers on the plane died in the crash, while the other two were saved by Maryland State Police, that discovered them injured and on top of the partially submerged wreck.

The airplane, a sophisticated tactical air-borne very early caution aircraft, is based out of Naval Terminal Norfolk and designated to an East Coastline Airborne Command as well as Control Armada.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that to recoup the plane on Tuesday, the Navy contacted divers from Little Creek's Mobile Diving and Recover System 2, which specializes in salvage and recovery of undersea things. Scuba divers reduced the aircraft right into areas, placed them each right into a sling which was lifted by a crane onto barges which carried those sections out of the area. The accident continues to be under investigation.

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