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Eight sailors aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower injured off Va. coast

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 17:46:57-04

NORFOLK, Va.  –   Eight Sailors aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were injured Friday afternoon, according to CBS affiliate WTKR.

An arresting gear parted during a routine landing by an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, according to Navy officials.

The eight injured sailors were working on the flight deck at the time of the incident.

The aircraft returned safely to its base at Norfolk Naval Station Chambers Field and does not appear to be damaged, according to Navy officials.  No aircrew members were injured.

The Eisenhower was 100 miles off of the Virginia coast at the time of the incident, conducting carrier qualifications for Composite Training Unit and Joint Task Force Exercises to prepare for their upcoming deployment.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of failure with the gear.

All six sailors are in stable condition.