Navy Hawkeye Down

| March 31, 2022

E-2D Hawkeye

Mick and Jeff send us the sad news of another military aircraft crash. A Navy early warning E-2D Hawkeye from the Norfolk Naval Air Station came to grief north of Chincoteague Island.

1 dead, 2 rescued after Navy plane crashes near Chincoteague

by: Sarah Fearing

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — One person is dead and two others were rescued after a U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye crashed just north of Chincoteague Island in Accomack County on Wednesday night, according to military officials.

Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, said the plane was doing a routine exercise when it went down around 7:30 p.m.

Three people were on board in total. Two injured people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and one was found dead in the aircraft, Myers said.

The plane is based out of Naval Station Norfolk and assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs said the two crewmembers have injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

The name of the deceased crew member will be released once next of kin is notified and the Navy says the incident is under investigation.


The normal Hawkeye tactical crew complement is five, so this was likely a pilot training flight with a minimum crew. Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and a speedy recovery for the survivors.

Thanks, gentlemen.



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Condolences to the family of the lost crewman. A speedy recovery to the two injured.


My thoughts and prayers for the families and friends of all involved.

May you receive comfort in your time of need.


“Soldier Killed in Helicopter Crash At Georgia Airfield:

“3rd Infantry Division soldier has died after a crash involving two UH-60 helicopters early Wednesday morning.”

“According to the the 3rd ID public affairs office, the incident happened at Fort Stewart’s Wright Army Airfield around 2 a.m. The solider has been identified as 26-year-old Capt. James T. Bellew, of Charlottesville, Virginia, WTOC reports.:

“Bellew entered the Army in 2017 as a medical service officer, became an
Aeromedical Evacuation Officer in 2019, and has been assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division since March of 2020.”

“Bellew’s previous assignment was at Camp Casey in South Korea as a Field Medical Assistant from September 2017 to September 2018”.


“Fort Bragg Soldier Pronounced Dead After Being Found In Car Identified As Major:”

“A Soldier pronounced dead at the hospital after being found unresponsive in a parked vehicle on Fort Bragg on Friday was identified as Maj. Eric “Adam” Ewoldsen

“Ewoldsen was a native of Greer, South Carolina and entered entered the Army in 2007 as an infantry officer. Duties include the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Awards decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (fourth award); Meritorious Service Medal (second awsecond award); Army Commendation Medal (third award);


“awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (fourth award); Meritorious Service Medal (second award); Army Commendation Medal (third award); Army Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (three campaign stars); Iraq Campaign Medal (three campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (third award); NATO Medal; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge; and Parachutist Badge.”


Rest In Peace and a Speedy Recovery for others.

Prayers and Condolences to the Families.


Prayers for the bereaved families.


Training for war can be as dangerous as the war. God’s Peace bring His Comfort and His Healing to all.


Saw an article that the casualty was an Navy LT from VAW-120. Back in the day VAW-120 was the East Coast RAG (Replacement Air Group) for the E-2. As the school house it sounds like a pilot proficiency sortie with the LT along as safety observer.



I’m hearing that they were conducting FCLPs at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.


That makes sense NASA Wallops opened for E-2/C-2 FCLP about 10 years ago and though Fentress is closer to NAS Norfolk its easier not to mix slow movers and fast movers especially with inexperienced flyers.