A quick thinking Navy pilot saved the day after he pulled an epic maneuver to save his life after his landing cable snapped on an aircraft carrier.
The incident took place on the USS Eisenhower back in March of 2016 and was caught on camera.
The pilot was landing a Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye when the landing cable snapped.
Conservative Tribune reports:
For those of you not familiar with how aircraft carriers work, landing carrier planes are stopped by a cable or series of cables which are caught by a hook on the bottom of the aircraft. This helps massive fighter jets and turboprops like the E-2C stop in such short distances.
When the Hawkeye hit the deck of the Eisenhower, everything seemed to be going as planned. Then, as it neared the end of the deck, you can see the cable snapped.
The plane dipped below the deck, and you can see sailors on the deck of the carrier scrambling all about. Then, just as you were expecting to see a horrifying splash, the E-2C climbed above the deck again and back into the air.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Navy found that “maintenance personnel missed at least one and possibly two ‘critical steps’ while working on an engine that helps operate the carrier flight deck’s cables, which are called cross deck pendants, after a previous landing.
“As a result, the engine failed to slow the aircraft, instead causing the pendant to break ‘at or near’ the Hawkeye’s tailhook.”
At least 8 sailors were injured in the incident, but it could have been a lot worse if the pilot hadn’t been able to stop the plane.
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