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Two Hawkeyes in accident aboard Truman

Dec. 13, 2012 - 06:41AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 - 06:41AM  |  
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Two E-2C Hawkeyes were involved in an accident Sunday while on the deck of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.

One Hawkeye's starboard wing unfurled from a folded position and collided with the spinning port propeller of an adjacent Hawkeye while both were chocked and chained on the flight deck, according to a one-line summary from the Naval Safety Center.

The accident occurred after the plane on the left was shut down and chained, and the cause of the accident is being investigated, said Cmdr. Phil Rosi, a Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman.

No one was inside the aircraft with the wings that descended, but the aircrew was in the plane with the spinning propeller. No one was hurt, Rosi said. A previous report, citing a Navy source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said both aircraft were empty.

Both aircraft are from Early Warning Squadron 120, the "Greyhawks," Rosi said. Repairs will be completed at the squadron level, he said.

The mishap occurred in the Virginia Capes, where Truman is underway as a part of an evaluation for the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program. A team of sailors with Naval Air Systems Command and contractors from Northrop Grumman are onboard testing the X-47B, a full-size, unmanned autonomous plane. So far, they have taxied the aircraft on Truman's deck, a first for unmanned carrier aviation, and are working toward a catapult launch, another first.

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