NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy says eight sailors have been injured aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Cmdr. Mike Kafka of Naval Air Force Atlantic said in a news release that the sailors are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
Kafka said the sailors were injured Friday when an arresting gear parted during a routine landing by an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. The injured sailors were working on the flight deck at the time of the accident.
Kafka said the aircraft resumed flight and returned safely to its base at Norfolk Naval Station Chambers Field. He said initial reports are that the aircraft was not damaged and its crew members were not injured.
The carrier is off the Virginia coast conducting training for an upcoming deployment.