U.S. Navy plane crashes on Eastern Shore; 1 dead, 2 injured

Navy Plane Crash
Navy Plane Crash
Posted at 9:00 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 05:12:45-04

EASTERN SHORE, Va. — A U.S. Navy aircraft with three people aboard crashed in waters near the Eastern Shore boundary of Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday evening, killing one, authorities said.

Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, told The Associated Press the plane was conducting routine flight operations in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Virginia, when it went down around 7:30 p.m.

Two injured people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and one was found dead in the aircraft, U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye, Myers said.

The name of the crew member killed will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

The plane, an advanced tactical airborne early warning aircraft, is based out of Naval Station Norfolk and assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

A spokesperson for the NASA Wallops Public Affairs Office told News 3 the crash did not happen on NASA property.

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said she was continuing to monitor the crash around 9:45 Wednesday night.

"I’m keeping our naval aviators, their families, and our first responders in my thoughts and prayers tonight as rescue and recovery efforts continue," she wrote on Twitter.

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