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Crash of a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye in Wallops Island

Date & Time: Aug 31, 2020 at 1550 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
166503
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Norfolk-Chambers Field - Norfolk-Chambers Field
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft, assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron, departed Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS on a training flight. In the afternoon, the crew encountered an unexpected situation, abandoned the aircraft and bailed out. Out of control, the aircraft entered a dive and crashed in a field located near Wallops Island. All four occupants parachuted to safety while the aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire.

Crash of a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye at Chambers Field NAS

Date & Time: Mar 19, 2009
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
165818
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
A189
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS, a tyre burst. The crew lost control of the airplane that veered off runway and collided with an arrestor gear engine. There were no casualties.
Probable cause:
Loss of control upon landing after a tyre burst.

Crash of a Beechcraft UC-12B Huron in Pensacola: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 2, 1982 at 1325 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
161189
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Norfolk - Pensacola
MSN:
BJ-5
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew departed Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS on a flight to Pensacola-Forrest Sherman Field NAS, Florida. While descending to Pensacola, weather conditions worsened and the crew decided to divert to Pensacola-Intl Airport. On approach in limited visibility due to rain falls, the twin engine airplane struck tree tops and crashed in a residential area located north of the airport. A pilot was killed while seven other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Grumman E-2B Hawkeye in Norfolk: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 1973 at 0830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Norfolk - White Plains
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew departed Norfolk-Chambers Field on a flight to the Northrop Grumman facilities in White Plains, NY. About two minutes after takeoff from runway 10, while in initial climb, the airplane encountered difficulties, stalled and crashed on a beach located in Ocean View Beach, about 4 miles east of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all five crew members were killed.
Crew:
Lt Walter J. MacLeod Jr.,
Lt Randall M. Moore,
Lt Edward W. Cassel,
Lt Arthur T. Dunn,
Ens Howard E. Wagoner.

Crash of a Canadair CL-44D4-2 at Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS

Date & Time: Mar 21, 1966 at 1525 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N453T
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Indianapolis – Norfolk
MSN:
22
YOM:
1961
Flight number:
FT6303
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8667
Captain / Total hours on type:
172.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
18
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a cargo flight from Indianapolis to Chambers Field NAS in Norfolk. The copilot was in command on final approach to runway 10 and failed to realise that the aircraft position was inappropriate. The airplane touched down with its left main gear and nose gear first. At impact, the left wing was torn off and out of control, the airplane crashed inverted and burst into flames. All six crew members were quickly evacuated and the aircraft was totally destroyed.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the copilot. Improper level off and inadequate supervision on part of the captain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed P2V-7S Neptune Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS

Date & Time: Jul 22, 1964
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
145922
Flight Type:
MSN:
726-7194
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Suffered an accident at Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS. The occupant's fate remains unknown.

Crash of a Douglas DC-7 at Chambers Field NAS

Date & Time: Sep 26, 1961
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N317A
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New York - Norfolk
MSN:
44138
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a positioning flight from New York to Chambers Field NAS at Norfolk to pick up troops on behalf of the US Army. On approach, the primary hydraulic system failed. Nevertheless, the crew was able to continue the approach and the aircraft touched down 275 feet past the runway threshold. After a course of 1,400 feet, the airplane veered off runway to the left and struck an embankment before coming to rest. All five crew members were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of directional control during the landing roll caused by improper use of propeller reversing and braking. The following factors contributed to the accident:
- The captain's inadequate familiarity with the aircraft systems and procedures under normal system hydraulic failure,
- Failure of the hydraulic system for an undetermined reason.

Crash of a Martin P5M-2 Marlin off Norfolk: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 27, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
135529
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Norfolk - Norfolk
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
En route, the crew reported that the right engine failed and elected to return to Norfolk-Chambers Field NAS. On approach, the left engine failed as well and the airplane stalled and crashed into the Willoughby Bay. Four crew members were killed while six others were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure in flight.