The arresting cable snaps during the Hawkeye's landing: the plane plunged off the edge

What happens in this video ?

Eight sailors were injured aboard the USS Eisenhower when an arresting cable snapped during an E-2C Hawkeye's landing in March 2016. The Hawkeye plunged off the edge, getting airborne again about 10 to 20 feet above the water.
The cause of the accident is a human error: sailors failed to set up the arresting cable correctly, which left the arresting gear engine unable to provide enough load to stop the Hawkeye landing on deck. The No. 4 wire snapped and swung across the flight deck, hitting eight sailors and causing serious and minor injuries. The incident required six medical evacuations of eight injured sailors and caused more than $200,000 of damages to the carrier and aircraft on deck.


Carl Hackert
Saratoga Springs, Ny

Carrier operations are extremely dangerous, everyone must be on alert for the unexpected. Imagine this event happening at night on a rolling sea...
26th December, 2019