Navy plane crashes near Chincoteague Island

One dead and two rescued after Navy plane crashes near Chincoteague Island in Va

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In Accomack County, Va. one person has been found dead and two others rescued after a U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye crashed barely north of Chincoteague Island on Wednesday night, according to military officials.

Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer for the Naval Air Force Atlantic, stated that the plane was doing a routine exercise when it went down at around 19:30 On Wed.

There was a total of three people on board. Two were injured and later rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and one was found dead within the aircraft, Myers said.

The plane was based out of Naval Station Norfolk and said to be assigned to be an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

the Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs state that the two crew members who survived the crash’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

The names of those that were aboard the plane have not been released due to privacy reasons and will not be until next of kin is notified. The Navy says that the incident is currently under investigation.

Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region confirmed that crews responded to a drowned and sinking aircraft in the waters near Wildcraft March, a bit north of the town Chincoteague, which is just south of the Maryland state border.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from a station in North Carolina, Elizabeth City, and a boat from Chincoteague.

NASA’s emergency response crews received a report of a Navy aircraft that was down near Wallops Island and responded around 19:45, NASA officials have told.

The coast Guard has said that two people were accounted of the for with broken legs. The third person had been last seen strapped in for flight on the plane and went down with it. The plane was partially submerged by the time rescuers got there.

A statement from a spokesperson for the Virginia Gov. Glenn You goin states: “The governor is monitoring the situation. The governor and the first lady are keeping the aviators, their families and the first responders in their thoughts and prayers.”

Later Wednesday night, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-2nd District), a former Navy commander who represents the Eastern Shore as well as parts of Hampton Roads, tweeted a statement about the crash.

“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.”