A Navy pilot did an amazing maneuver when a landing cable snapped on an aircraft carrier.
The incident took place back in March of 2016, when the USS Eisenhower was involved in exercises off the coast of Virginia.
The pilots were landing a Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye — a huge twin-turboprop plane by carrier standards, with a large radome for electronic airborne early warning detection on top.
Aircraft carrier planes are stopped by a cable or series of cables which are caught by a hook on the bottom of the aircraft. This how huge fighter planes and turboprops like the E-2C stop in such short distances.
When the Hawkeye landed on the deck of the Eisenhower, everything was going as planned, but then, as it approached the end of the deck, you can see the cable broke off.
The plane curved in below the deck, and the sailors on the deck started panicking. Then, the E-2C was lifted above the deck again and back into the air.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Navy found that “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 of causing the pendant to break ‘at or near’ the Hawkeye’s Tailhook.”
Eight sailors were injured in the incident. But it could have been more disastrous if wasn’t for this pilot’s decision.
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