ACCOMACK Co., Va. - A Navy E-2D Hawkeye assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) crashed in the vicinity of Wallops Island and Chincoteague in Accomack County at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
One crew member has died, and two have been injured.
The names of injured crewmembers will not be released due to privacy concerns.
The name of the crew member killed will not be released until next of kin has been notified.
Emergency responders with the NASA Wallops Flight Facility also responded to the crash. A spokesperson for the NASA Wallops Public Affairs Office told News 3 it did not happen on NASA property.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said she was continuing to monitor the crash around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.
"I’m keeping our naval aviators, their families, and our first responders in my thoughts and prayers tonight as rescue and recovery efforts continue," she wrote on Twitter.
I’m continuing to monitor the Navy plane crash in Accomack County.— Rep. Elaine Luria (@RepElaineLuria) March 31, 2022
I’m keeping our naval aviators, their families, and our first responders in my thoughts and prayers tonight as rescue and recovery efforts continue. https://t.co/etYBI7nHTy
Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday issued a statement offering "thoughts and prayers" to the families of those who were killed and wishing for the "swift healing" of the two Sailors who were hurt.
Together we grieve for the loss of our U.S. Navy shipmate in yesterday’s E2-D crash near Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and our Navy team. To the two injured Sailors, we wish you swift healing. We have the watch.— USNavyCNO (@USNavyCNO) March 31, 2022
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro also issued a statement expressing his condolences to the victims' families.
Betty and I express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those involved in the E-2D crash near Wallops Island yesterday. We mourn the loss of our U.S. Navy pilot who passed away and wish a strong recovery for our two injured Sailors.— Office of the Secretary of the Navy (@SECNAV) April 1, 2022