Three Navy pilots awarded for heroic actions during mishap on the Ike

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy awarded three aviators for their response to a flight deck mishap aboard the USS Eisenhower that left eight sailors injured earlier this year.

Photos: Sailors injured on carrier flight deck

Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Browning, Lt. Cmdr. Kellen Smith and Lt. Matthew Halliwell were presented the Armed Forces’ Air Medal for reacting quickly enough to prevent the loss of an aircraft during the mishap. The award is presented for heroin actions while participating in flight.

The three pilots are assigned to the “Screwtops” of Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron 123.

On March 18, an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft attempted landing on the Ike when an arresting gear parted. Video released by the Navy shows a cable snap as the aircraft attempted to land.

An investigation into the mishap revealed that human error was to blame.

Navy releases investigation into March mishap on USS Eisenhower

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