MANAMA, Bahrain – A U.S. Navy aircraft crashed in the Persian Gulf region on Wednesday and one of the four crew members was missing, the military said.
Search and rescue efforts were under way, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. Three crew members were rescued.
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 the it “experienced mechanical malfunctions,” the statement said.
The plane was used for command and control functions and operated from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. LINK
This is the type of plane my brother-in-law is assigned to. He is currently deployed overseas in that region but not flying. There is a good chance he and my sister may know the crewmen involved in this accident. Please say a prayer that they find the missing aviator alive and well. They have lost friends like this before. It’s never easy to hear news reports like this.
Military families endure unbelievable hardships for the defense of our country. As a Navy family, my sister and her loved ones put up with a lot. Long separations are only the tip of the iceberg. They deserve our respect and thanks for putting their lives on the line everyday.
God bless the U.S. military.