Virginia – A Navy jet carrying 3 people crashed in water off the Virginia coast on Wednesday evening – killing one and injuring two, reported the US Navy.
“FATAL NAVY PLANE CRASH: A U.S. Navy aircraft crashed in Chincoteague Bay off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, killing one person, authorities said,” NBC4 Washington Tweeted.
According to the reports, the E-2D Hawkeye was allotted to East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron. The crash happened at around 7:30 p.m. near Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Virginia.
After the crash, the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the victims and found two alive who were then taken to the hospitals as they suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, the third member who was aboard the jet was found dead in the aircraft, reported the US Navy.
“The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed it is assisting with a military plane crash near Wallops on Virginia’s Eastern Shore,” Tweeted 13News Now.
The authorities will release the name of the deceased crew member once his relatives are notified, said the officials investigating the case. They are currently looking into the matter to determine the cause of the crash.
“It happened yesterday evening near Chincoteague. Investigators are not sure what led to the crash,” said NBC News Radio Anchor, Brandon Simpson.
Public affairs officer, Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers revealed that the aircraft was on routine flight operations near Wallops Island, Virginia when the incident happened.
“The Navy says plane was conducting routine flight operations in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Virginia, when it went down,” CBS News Tweeted. U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. is surveilling the situation as she Tweeted this morning, “I’m keeping our naval aviators, their families, and our first responders in my thoughts and prayers tonight as rescue and recovery efforts continue.”