A U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft crashed Monday in Virginia, but the crew managed to bail out safely, according to CNN.
"The E-2 crashed at approximately 3:50 p.m.; the two pilots and two crewmembers bailed out of the aircraft safely through the main cabin door," using parachutes, said Patrick Gordon, public affairs officer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
"At the time of the crash, the E-2 was conducting a training flight."
The crash happened near Wallops Island, conducting a training flight at the time of the incident, which is under investigation.
The Navy said there was no structural damage or personnel injuries on the ground due to the accident. The crew included two pilots and two other personnel.
The E-2C Hawkeye is an all-weather, twin-turboprop aircraft and an important part of the carrier air wing. Flying at high altitudes, these aircraft provide not only airborne early warning capabilities, but also command and control functions.
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