ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person is confirmed dead and two people have been rescued after a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed into the water on the Virginia Eastern Shore Wednesday night, a naval source tells 8News.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Coast Guard said after crashing near Chincoteague, the aircraft became partially submerged in water. The two people rescued suffered broken legs, according to that spokesperson.
The source with the Navy also said the team was part of Naval Force Atlantic. The aircraft was flying out of Norfolk on a routine flight operation near Wallops Island.
Keith Koehler, News Chief at the Wallops Island NASA facility confirmed to 8News that it was a single naval aircraft. He said that the facility’s emergency personnel was responding.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the crews responded to the aircraft in the water near Wildcat Marsh.
An Ocean City, Maryland water rescue team was dispatched to the location, according to the Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Communications Center, who said the aircraft incident was reported at 7:31 p.m. The organization added that Wallops Flight Facility, Chincoteague Fire Department and Atlantic Fire Department responded, among other local volunteer fire departments.
Virginia Marine Police Public Information Officer Zachary Wingold said that all officers from his department were responding to the incident, but could not speak to the circumstances.
On Thursday, Senator Mark Warner expressed his condolences to the airman’s family, “Anytime we lose a service member, in training or anywhere, it’s a huge tragedy.”
He said that although he has not yet been briefed on the events leading up to the accident, he expects to receive more information from the Department of Defense soon.
“I wanna make sure that if there were any mistakes made, that we can avoid accidents like that in the future,” he said.
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office said they are monitoring the situation. The Governor and the First Lady are keeping the aviators, their families and the first responders in their thoughts and prayers.
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