Virginia Pilot: Navy: Human error to blame for March cable break aboard USS Eisenhower flight deck
Navy investigators blamed human error and an improperly programmed valve for a March incident in which eight sailors were injured when a cable used to catch a landing E-2C Hawkeye snapped on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
According to a Navy report obtained by The Virginian-Pilot through a Freedom of Information Act request, maintenance personnel missed at least one and possibly two “critical steps” while working on an engine that helps operate the carrier flight deck’s cables, which are called cross deck pendants, after a previous landing. As a result, the engine failed to slow the aircraft, instead causing the pendant to break “at or near” the Hawkeye’s tailhook.
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Update #1: Watch This Terrifying Botched Aircraft Carrier Landing (Motherboard)
Update #2: Navy: Human Error to Blame for Cable Break That Injured Eight Sailors (Military.com)
WNU Editor: The above video captures the moment when the E-2C Hawkeye landed .... and the moment on where it almost crashed in the sea. What that air crew must have done to save themselves is beyond incredible.