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NAPLES, Italy — The Navy is continuing the search for an E-2C Hawkeye crewmember who bailed out before the surveillance plane went down in the north Arabian Sea on Wednesday.

Three other crewmembers aboard the plane were rescued within minutes of the crash, the Navy said in a news release Friday. All three are in good condition, the release said.

The E-2C Hawkeye, embarked onboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, went down about five miles from the carrier as it was returning to the ship Wednesday afternoon. The plane experienced mechanical malfunctions forcing the crew to bail out, the Navy said.

The Navy is employing several other ships and aircraft in the search for the missing crewmember.

“Our resolve and hope for finding our shipmate has not waivered,” Rear Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, said in the release. “We have been and will continue to bring every available resource and capability to help in conducting this search.”

Officials from U.S. Fifth Fleet declined to say if the aircraft’s black box, or any of its surveillance equipment had been recovered.

“[T]hese are part of the ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment until its completion,” Navy spokesman Lt. Matt Allen said.

The names of the crew members are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, the Navy said.


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