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Navy Hawkeye Crash in Virginia: Pilots, Crew Escape Safely

  • 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

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    ISS Crew Temporarily Confined to Russian Module as Engineers Hunt for Pesky Air Leak

    The International Space Station.

    The International Space Station.
    Image: NASA

    The International Space Station has been leaking more air than usual, prompting an investigation that will confine the three-person crew to a single module for the next several days.

    NASA and its international partners first noticed the air leak in September 2019. The ISS naturally loses some air over time, but the current rate of leakage is slightly above normal, and it has been that way for the better part of a year. Nothing alarming, but clearly something mission controllers would like to remedy.

    Mission controllers weren’t able to properly characterize the leak owing to routine station operations, such as spacewalks and the receiving and dispatching of spacecraft, as NASA explained in its ISS blog. The air leak is “still within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the space station,” according to NASA. Teams are rolling out a

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