Navy: Cable-snapping incident that injured 8 due to human error

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 9, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. — Navy investigators say human error is to blame for an incident that injured eight sailors on the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in March.

The sailors were injured after a cable used to catch a landing of an E-2C Hawkeye snapped on the carrier's flight deck.

A Navy report obtained by The Virginian Pilot in a public records request says workers missed at least one and possibly two "critical steps" while performing maintenance.

As a result, the report says an engine that controls the flight deck cables didn't slow the aircraft and the cable broke.

The report says the sailors' injuries included a fractured ankle, wrist, pelvis and legs. One sailor suffered skull and facial fractures and another suffered a possible traumatic brain injury.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot

A video screen grab shows an E-2 Hawkeye landing on the USS Eisenhower in March 2016. A landing cable that was intended to stop the aircraft snapped and injured 8 sailors. The plane went overboard, but was able to regain air speed and altitude before hitting water.

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