Three of the four crew members have been recovered and search-and-rescue efforts for the fourth one are currently under way, the U.S. Navy’s statement said. It called the crash a “mishap.” The aircraft belonged to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, according to the statement.
The E-2C Hawkeye, which is primarily used to detect incoming aircraft with its 24-foot diameter radar, crashed in the North Arabian Sea after it “experienced mechanical malfunctions.” It was returning from conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the statement said.
The plane was used for command-and-control functions on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as surveillance.
The Navy is investigating the incident.
The E-2 Hawkeye is a twin-engine and turboprop aircraft that can carry up to five crew members.
The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, in addition to surface surveillance, combat coordination and search-and-rescue operations.
The aircraft uses computerized radar and electronic surveillance sensors to provide early warning and to identify potentially hostile air and surface targets.
Source: Military.com via AP.