- A U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control plane crashed Monday in Virginia.
- The four-person crew successfully escaped the aircraft and were rescued on the ground.
- The Hawkeye’s high-powered radar makes it the eyes and ears of a carrier battle group.
A U.S. Navy airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft crashed on Monday during a training flight over Virginia. All four crew members safely egressed from the aircraft and were rescued on the ground. The Navy has yet to indicate what caused the plane—the largest aircraft stationed on an American aircraft carrier—to crash.
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At 3:50 p.m. on Monday, the Hawkeye went down on Wallops Island, the location of a NASA flight facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. A video from a local news station showed the aircraft plummeting to Earth, followed by a