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US Navy seek for three aviators who were aboard crashed plane

A U.S. Navy twin-engine turbo prop plane crashed off Virginia's coast. The Navy and Coast Guard were in search ofthe three aviators who were aboard.

The E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crashed at about 11 p.m. Wednesday following its launch from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, the Navy said in a statement. The ship had been conducting routine training.

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

The Hawkeye is from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120, based at Norfolk Naval Station. The squadron trains pilots and naval flight officers before they are assigned to operational fleet squadrons.

Mike Maus, a Navy spokesman, said he did not have further information about the crash or the crew.

The Navy was investigating the cause of the crash.

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

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