USS Eisenhower Sailors

March 19, 2016 by staff 

USS Eisenhower Sailors, Eight sailors working on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were injured Friday when a cable used to catch a landing aircraft’s tailhook broke, according to the Navy.

Four of the sailors were flown by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, while two were taken to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Norfolk General has the only Level 1 trauma center in the region and handles the most severe injuries. When reached Friday night, Mike Maus, a Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman, said the injured sailors were stable.

Two sailors were treated aboard the carrier, which is operating off the coast of Virginia in preparation for an upcoming deployment. The Navy said in a statement it would not release the names of the injured. The extent of the sailors’ injuries and what roles they were performing at the time of the incident were not available.

The Navy said the aircraft attempting to land, an E-2C Hawkeye, was able to regain flight and returned safely to its base at Norfolk Naval Station. None of the plane’s crew was injured, according to the Navy.

The Hawkeye is an early warning, turboprop aircraft used for command and control. It is recognizable by its 24-foot-diameter radar rotodome , a large disc attached to its upper fuselage.

Second Navy helicopter just left Sentara.

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Arresting cables are used to slow and stop an aircraft when it lands on a carrier. Each is placed at 20-foot intervals. An aircraft’s tailhook catches a cable to help it stop safely.

Maus said the cable is designed to stretch. In Friday’s case, the cable “just came apart.”

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