Update: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In Military Plane Crash near MD/VA Border

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UPDATED: 4/2/22 – Governor Glenn Youngkin issued this statement following the tragic loss of Navy Lt. Hyrum Hanlon: 
“The First Lady and I are heartbroken by the passing of Navy Lt. Hyrum Hanlon, who tragically lost his life when a Navy E-2D aircraft operating out of Naval Air Station Norfolk crashed in the vicinity of Chincoteague, Virginia. Our hearts go out to their families, the Naval crew members, as well as the members of Naval Air Force Atlantic. This serves as a reminder that our great servicemen and women risk their lives every day to serve our country.”



News release from the US Navy:

A Navy E-2D Hawkeye assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) crashed in the vicinity of Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Va., March 30. One crew member has died and two have been injured.

The E-2D crashed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Two crew members were rescued by Maryland State Police and transported to Wallops Island for follow-on medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The names of injured crewmembers will not be released due to privacy concerns.

Unfortunately, the third crew member was found deceased in the aircraft. The Worcester County Fire Department Dive Team supported the search and recovery of the deceased. The name of the crew member killed will not be released at this time, pending primary next of kin notification. 

This incident is under investigation.


Original story:

Emergency personnel are on the scene of a downed military craft near the Maryland/Virginia border in the area of Wildcat Marsh. The call came in just before 7:30 with a report of three people on board the aircraft – two were found on the wings with injuries to the legs. One person was reported still in the plane and reported to be a fatality.

Dive teams from Salisbury and Ocean City were called along with fire and rescue personnel from multiple companies in Maryland and Virginia and the US Coast Guard. The scene was cleared just before 11pm.

WGMD will have more information when it becomes available.