Navy Plane Crashes Off North Carolina Coast

The Navy and Coast Guard are searching for three aviators who were aboard a Navy twin-engine turbo prop plane that crashed off the North Carolina coast last night.

A statement from the Navy says the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crashed following its launch from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

The ship had been conducting routine training.

The Truman, the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Coast Guard are searching for the missing aviators by air and sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard says an HH 60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and two C-130 aircraft from Elizabeth City, along with the 110 foot long Coast Guard Cutter Block Island from Fort Macon are assisting the Navy with the search.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

The E-2C Hawkeye normally carries a crew of five, including two pilots and three naval flight officers.