A failed landing saw an early warning plane crash into two F / A-18 Hornet planes on the deck of an aircraft carrier and take out two other planes by sending debris towards them, the US Navy said.
An E-2D Falcon Eye was landing when it “impacted two other planes and caused damage from debris impact to two additional planes” on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, the Naval Security Center told the Military media. com.
The accident occurred on August 9 when the aircraft carrier was sailing through the Arabian Sea, it arose. The U.S. Navy UU.
He described the incident as a bolter, which means that the E-2D could not hook the stop wire that slows the plane after landing.
The Hawkeye, a twin-engined, five-crew aircraft, airborne early warning tactician (AEW), was able to reach the “diversion location” and land there safely.
While there were no casualties, the failed landing was classified as a Class A accident that normally involves deaths, severe damages costing $2 million or more, or a complete loss of the aircraft.
The E-2 uses its radar, installed at the top of the fuselage, for early warning of enemy aircraft attacks and anti-ship missile attacks. You can also scan the surrounding sea for enemy warships and guided missile launchers.
The August incident is not the first one that involves the Hawkeyes. In 2016, an E-2C almost submerged into the sea after a detention cable broke and could not stop the plane on the deck of the USS Dwight Eisenhower.
Eight sailors were injured and transported by air to receive traumatology from the aircraft carrier. A subsequent investigation by the Navy found that failures in maintenance procedures contributed to the accident.