Arresting Gear Parted, Injures Eight Sailors Aboard USS Eisenhower
Sailors working on the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) were injured when the arresting gear came apart on Friday afternoon aboard the aircraft carrier. The E-2C Hawkeye was able to regain flight and return back home to Norfolk Naval Station Chamber Field.
According to Wavy.com, "A Navy Seahawk helicopter brought four patients to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and two to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth." The other injured Sailors were treated on board the carrier.
The carrier left Norfolk yesterday for a month-long training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment and was not far off shore. "All the patients are in stable condition; there were no fatalities" according to Navy Public Affairs Officer Mike Kafka.
The 40-year-old carrier required 50 percent more maintenance than planned, including extra work on numerous ship systems, such as the shafts, rudders and distilling units.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. More details visit Wavy.com Photo by MC3 Theodore Quintana/Navy