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Navy IDs officer killed in E-2D Hawkeye crash off Virginia

The topics on Friday identified the service member who died Wednesday in the crash of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in the waters off Virginia.

Lt. Hyrum Hanlon was on the aircraft, which was assigned to the Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 in Norfolk, when it went down during routine flight operations near Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Virginia, the Navy said.


Hanlon was commissioned as a naval officer from Arizona State University in May 2017. He joined the VAW-120 on Jan. 31, 2021. 

  • Navy Lt. Hyrum Hanlon was with three other service members when their aircraft crashed off the waters off Virginia Image 1 of 3

    On Friday, Lt. Hyrum Hanlon was identified as the Navy officer who died from a military plane crash in the waters off Virginia this week. Two service members were rescued and are recovering.  (U.S. Navy)

  • A Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye flies over the Philippine Sea. Image 2 of 3

    An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, assigned to the ÒBlack EaglesÓ of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, flies over the Philippine Sea on Jan. 22.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sophia Simons))

  • The E-2D Hawkeye on the deck of a Navy carrier. Image 3 of 3

    An E-2D Hawkeye performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Atlantic Ocean (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

“It takes a courageous and patriotic person to devote their life to the selflessness of serving in the armed forces,” Cmdr. Martin Fentress Jr., commanding officer of VAW-120, said in a statement. “Hyrum embodied those characteristics and will be truly missed by his family and the Hawkeye community. We sincerely appreciate the public respecting the family’s privacy during this difficult time as they mourn his loss.” 

Two other crew members were rescued from the crash and had non-life threatening injuries. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  The Navy said no pollution or discharge of fuel was in the area of the crash site. 


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