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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower sailors retrained following March cable break

By COURTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: July 12, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. — Three personnel aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were retrained on operations and systems designed to land aircraft on the carrier's flight deck following a March incident in which a cable used to catch a landing E-2C Hawkeye snapped, injuring eight sailors, the Navy said Monday.

According to a Navy report released Friday, three maintenance personnel troubleshooting a fault code from a previous landing aboard the Eisenhower missed at least one and possibly two "critical steps" that led to the misprogramming of a valve that helps control flight deck cables, called cross deck pendants. As a result, an arrested gear engine failed to sufficiently slow the Hawkeye, which snapped the pendant on its tailhook. The aircraft, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123, landed safely at Chambers Field at Norfolk Naval Station following the incident.

Requalification was among several possible recommendations contained in a command investigation into the causes of the incident for three personnel involved. The Navy did not identify the personnel.

The Navy report said human error and a complicated procedure were to blame for the March 18 cable break.

The Ike left Norfolk Naval Station for a seven month deployment June 1.
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