E-2C Hawkeye Nearly Crashes Into Ocean After Arresting Cable Snaps

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on 11/18/2021

As a U.S. Navy pilot, one must go through extensive training and become one of the best that has ever been behind the sticks of a plane.

However, no matter how good you and your crew are, that means absolutely nothing if the equipment at hand malfunctions on its own.

“On 19 March 2016, an E-2C assigned to VAW-123 attempted an arrested landing onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The mishap aircraft successfully engaged the number 4 wire, but the #4 arresting gear engine failed to effectively decelerate the aircraft as it continued through the landing area.”

As a result of the malfunction, the plane would go off of the other side of the carrier and head straight for the water before a valiant attempt onboard would bring it back into the air.

Check out the cool, calm, and collected effort that succeeded in the video below. “There were no fatalities and the plane made it back to Naval Station Norfolk undamaged.”