One crew member died and two individuals were rescued from an E-2D Navy Hawkeye plane that went down north of Chincoteague Island at approximately 7:30 PM Wednesday evening. The call came in to 911 at 7:31.
The United States Coast Guard recovered the body of the deceased individual.
According to a report on WAVY.com,Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, said the plane was doing a routine exercise when it went down just off of Wildcat Point near the Maryland line.
The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company launched boats to locate the wreckage along with Maryland State Police Trooper 4, a Coast Guard launch from Chincoteague and a Coast Guard Helicopter from Elizabeth City with a water rescue team. Also involved were the Accomack County Department of Public Safety, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Stockton Fire Company, Wallops Fire Department, the Atlantic Volunteer Fire and the New Church Fire Department, A military aircraft was over the scene of the crash and directed the boats to the location. The Ocean City and Salisbury Dive Teams also responded. Other units from Worcester County were also alerted.
Two crew members were found injured on the top of the partially submerged wreckage. They were rescued and transported to the Wallops Flight Facility airport. Both were then transported to Tidal Health Hospital in Salisbury with non life threatening injuries. The deceased crew member was later recovered from the aircraft.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-Norfolk) posted a statement on the crash Wednesday night.
““I’m continuing to monitor the Navy plane crash in Accomack County. I’m keeping our naval aviators, their families, and our first responders in my thoughts and prayers tonight as rescue and recovery efforts continue.”
The Navy is investigating the accident.