US Navy Pilot Pulled Off Heroic Landing that Saved 8 after Engine Failure En Route to Aircraft Carrier


Adjunct Professor Lawrence Brennan was quoted in Business Insider about the recent heroic sea landing by a U.S. Navy pilot.

The US Navy has called off its search for three missing sailors after a C-2 Greyhound aircraft crashed on approach to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at sea near Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday — but the plane’s pilot has emerged a hero for saving eight of the 11 crew members and passengers on board.

The Greyhound, a twin-engine plane entered into service in the 1960s, may have crashed because of an engine failure, CBS News reported, citing the Japanese minister of defense, who had spoken to Navy officials.

Lawrence Brennan, a former US Navy captain, told Business Insider, “Greyhounds are not equipped with ejection seats or parachutes.”

The air crew’s only choice was to land at sea.

“This must have been particularly challenging after one engine failed, reportedly on approach to the carrier,” Brennan said.

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