One dead, two injured after U.S. Navy plane crashes in Accomack County

Accomack military plane crash
Posted at 9:00 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 23:25:33-04

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.

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.

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro also issued a statement expressing his condolences to the victims' families.

Stay with News 3 for updates.