Navy Aircraft Mishap in North Arabian Sea


Story Number: NNS100331-01Release Date: 3/31/2010 9:53:00 AM
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From U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed at sea March 31 while operating in the North Arabian Sea.

Three of the four crew members have been recovered and search and rescue efforts for the fourth crew member are currently underway.

The E-2C was returning from conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) when the aircraft experienced mechanical malfunctions and the crew performed a controlled bailout.

The identities of the crewmen involved are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

The incident is under investigation.


For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

STORY COMMENTS3 COMMENTS
4/3/2010 11:26:00 AM
Where is the follow-up coverage? I suspect SAR had concluded by now?

4/1/2010 11:59:00 AM
My daughter is an Aviator on the Ike... My prayers go out for the Hawkeye crew and the safe return of the 4th crew member.

3/31/2010 2:30:00 PM
Keeping my fingers crossed for #4.

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