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Four Navy aircrews parachute to safety moments before the E-2C Hawkeye plane crash in Virginia


Four Navy aircrews parachute to safety moments before E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crashes during training flight in Virginia

  • A military plane worth $ 80 million crashed in Virginia, near the city of Nelsonia
  • The E-2C Hawkeye had two pilots and two crew members on board
  • All four were brought to safety when the plane got into trouble
  • The aircraft was based in Norfolk, Virginia

A $ 80 million military radar plane crashed in Virginia. Four flight crews got to safety shortly before the impact.

The EC-2 Hawkeye crashed on Monday afternoon at 3:50 p.m. near Nelsonia along Mason Road.

A Navy spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com that all four soldiers on board – two pilots, two other crew members – got off the plane before it crashed.

The Hawkeye – an airborne early warning aircraft with a distinctive radome – was reportedly on a training mission when it got into trouble.

A military plane that crashed in Virginia on Monday afternoon was completely destroyed

An E-2C Hawkeye similar to the one pictured crashed in Virginia on Monday

An E-2C Hawkeye similar to the one pictured crashed in Virginia on Monday

Little was left of the plane except charred bits of metal and ash in the field

Little was left of the plane except charred bits of metal and ash in the field

Two of the four crew members are pictured shortly after getting off their aircraft

Two of the four crew members are pictured shortly after getting off their aircraft

Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, the Naval Air Force's Atlantic Air Affairs commander, told DailyMail.com that the plane crashed near Wallops Island.

She said the aircraft had been assigned to the Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron from Naval Station Norfolk.

"Initial reports show that no structures or employees on the ground were damaged or injured in the mishap," she said.

"The cause of the accident is being investigated."

Aurora Intel, a surveillance company, said a C-30J (OTIS22) and a T-38 (MIG2) flew over the crash site.

Shore Daily News said the street next to the crash site reopened at 5:25 p.m.

The Hawkeye is known as "the eyes of the fleet" and is used for surveillance

The Hawkeye is known as "the eyes of the fleet" and is used for surveillance

Fire trucks were on the scene quickly near Wallops Island, Virginia

Fire trucks were on the scene quickly near Wallops Island, Virginia

Crews are seen inspecting the wreckage of the crash on Monday afternoon

Crews are seen inspecting the wreckage of the crash on Monday afternoon

The plane was completely destroyed in the wreck, but all four on board were safe

The plane was completely destroyed in the wreck, but all four on board were safe

The US Naval Academy describes the Hawkeye as "the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical combat management early warning, command and control aircraft".

The aircraft is a twin-engine high-wing turboprop aircraft with five crew members.

Hawkeyes have a distinctive 24-foot diameter radar rotodome – a rotating radar – attached to the upper fuselage.

The Navy describes the Hawkeye as "the eyes of the fleet" and they have been used since the Vietnam War.

The current version of the Hawkeye, the E-2C, entered service in 1973 and exceeded one million flight hours in August 2004, the Navy said.

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