Video: E-2 Plunges Toward Sea in Carrier Landing Mishap

E-2 Hawkeye Carrier Landing

The dangers of Naval Aviation are many, and one of the biggest is probably landing aboard the carrier.

We've shown dicey carrier landings before. One of the most notable is probably this landing from a VFA-115 Cruise Video (starting at 1:50), but this new landing, taken from flight-deck and superstructure footage aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, may take the cake.

In the video, which can be seen below, an E-2 Hawkeye is preparing to land, but after catching one of the massive cables (commonly known as "wires") that are designed to slow the aircraft to a quick halt, the cable broke - whipping across the flight deck.

The cable injured eight crew aboard the Eisenhower, and slowed down the aircraft, which rolled slowly off of the landing area toward the sea below - disappearing completely from view. Miraculously, the E-2 - which has no ejection seat capability for any of its five crew members - was able to regain enough speed and fly away. It was able to successfully land at NAS Norfolk.

Although the cause of the incident was lack of necessary maintenance, according to a Department of Defense Report the sailors had believed to have successfully and properly followed all maintenance requirements.