Navy Sailor Killed Aboard Ship

Oct 5, 2008 Full story: WTKR-TV Norfolk 18

At approximately 8:16 p.m. on October 4, a Navy Sailor working on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was hit by a plane and died.

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sailor

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Oct 9, 2008
ABH2 was hit by an aircraft on a waist catapult from VFA-103 while he was performing duties as a shooter for an aircraft from VFA-143. as the VFA-103 jet was about to take off, carrying 4 drop tanks and an in flight refueling pod, a weight of around 30klbs of fuel plus the aircraft weight. ABH2 was kneeling too far back and in the way of the 103 aircraft. the 103 aircraft was instructed to take off when ABH2 stood up simultaneously. as the 103 aircraft proceeded off the catapult, the wingtip missile launcher, void of a missile, hit ABH2 somewhere above his shoulders and killed him instantly.

this is what is suspected to have happened aboard CVN-69 the night of october 4, 2008.
does it matter

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Nov 9, 2008
i heard that the sailor was decapitated and that the head was impaled on the lau-7 missle launcher and that once on land, the head had to be split by a chain saw to be removed from the launcher
lily beary

United States

#4 Dec 9, 2008
To "does it matter"..a young sailor died in a horrible accident, doing a dangerous job, which is necessary to protect our country & you have the nerve to write a comment like that. What kind of a sociopathic ghoul are you? YOU don't matter you wierdo.
Suck it up says

Doha, Qatar

#6 May 29, 2010
does it matter wrote:
i heard that the sailor was decapitated and that the head was impaled on the lau-7 missle launcher and that once on land, the head had to be split by a chain saw to be removed from the launcher
Not sure about the chainsaw part, but his yes, head was on the lau-7 when it landed.
anon

Springfield, MO

#7 Feb 19, 2012
I saw the pictures from this.
Poor, or lucky, guy didnt feel a thing.
Nasty accident, a single knife cut would have remove what was left of his head.
Sailor

Norfolk, VA

#8 Dec 18, 2012
Yes his head was impaled on the Lau-7. I worked in the maintenance shop that did the repairs on the gear and saw everything.
Victory Line

Voorhees, NJ

#9 Feb 2, 2013
I remember it, The Captain or something had the NERVE to say that it was the SHOOTERS fault by saying,"he was complaisant." I think that's bullshit. I think it was the person who hit the button.
Like how they just enforced new gun laws bc people are gong to schools shooting other pp, the Admiral should be obligated to make their hours shorter than 14 hours a day! Especially when their lives are literally inches away from being taken on a daily basis.
A GUY

Portsmouth, VA

#10 Feb 6, 2013
RIP ABH2. I was on the IKE, working on the flight deck when this tragedy happened. I even saw it as it happened.
present sailor

Lexington Park, MD

#11 Aug 26, 2013
first off.. there isnt a single boat chuck that works 14 hrs a day. all they do is stand "watches". those consist of 4-6 hour intervals. try living the sqaudron life. our watches are 8-12, and rarely 24 hr watches. i agree that it is on the head of the green shirt who pushed the button, but then again there was a long chain of events that happened long before that button was pushed. so please stop trying to make people feel bad for you boat chucks. we have it 100x worse than any of you have ever had it.
Former ABE2 CVN 73

Washington, DC

#12 Sep 7, 2013
To the idiot who stated it was the "green shirt" who pushed the button.. It is the safety officer who tells him it's safe to push the button dumbass's.. Learn the job before you state your opinions. And squadron sailors do nothing but mooch off the ship and relax. All you do Is do maintenance on the plane.. We do maintenance on the catapults and arresting gear. And we do have 14 plus hours a day. Who are you to tell someone what they do. You don't see shit. Your not even on the flight deck!! So go somewhere and clean a plane.
Ray Drescher

Williamstown, NJ

#13 Sep 24, 2013
We had a similar fatal accident on the USS John F. Kennedy in the early '70s. A Yellow Shirt Assistant was killed when he was hit by a gust of wind just as an F-4 started its launch. He stood up about a foot when he reflexively tried to catch his balance so as not to get run over if he fell in front of the right main mount. The outer wing, at the wing fold, sticks out forward of the main part of the wing and struck him in the back of the head. He was killed instantly and it was pretty gruesome. It wasn't anybody's "fault", just a bad chain of events in a very short time.If his head had been 6 inches to the right, the wing would have missed him or at worst, smacked his helmet.
Former ABE CVN 69

Hanford, CA

#14 Oct 26, 2013
I was also on board. I was was working water brakes on that go underneath. It was very bad and so was the Combat FOD Walkdown. It was just a 2 or 3 week training mission off the east coast. They held his body in the freezer until we came back in port. The next day we had to spray off the flight deck and resume flight ops.
Ordnanceman

Ridgecrest, CA

#15 Oct 31, 2013
The launcher is NOT a LAU-7...those are on the legacy hornets...that is a LAU-127 which are on the super hornets...just saying
LHA6 ABFAA

Norco, CA

#16 Nov 15, 2013
This is a sad story. RIP
Santana

Fpo, AE

#17 Jan 20, 2014
This proud sailor that everyone refers to, was not only my friend and fellow firefighter, but also a father of two beautifull little girls that will for ever miss their father. no matter who was at fault here the stoy is done and ovr with. i perform the same job he used to with the same passion and in the same catapult. I step on to the deck thinking baout it everyday, His sacrifice brought about alot of changes that keeps us safer now days. Thank you all that respect what we do, As I write this and eat my bowl of nonskid to get ready for another day of defending this country if ever atacked and persuing those will stop at nothign to try to hurt those that I love back home!!!!! and last but not least THANK YOU "BIG ROB" We sure miss you.....your legacy will live for ever with all AB'S...
ABH Hazmat

United States

#18 Feb 8, 2014
To "FORMER ABE CAN 69".....don't know who u r but if u remember his body was flown off on the helo couple days after when we had a memorial ceremony in his honor when we lined up on the flight deck in ranks.

Santana: yes STACKS was definitely a great person and a hell of a true sailor....one of the few good people I knew on my 6 yrs on Ike.

It's definitely a blessing that people haven't forgotten about him.......to his family n his memory. MISS U BRO...RIP
Craig

Mount Pleasant, TX

#19 Feb 19, 2014
Missing you( Big Rob ) one of the nicest guys i ever met during my 20 years of service. You will forever be with us in spirit and I know you are never to be forgotten amongst those that served with you at NAS Whiting Field. R.I.P. my brother.
ABEAA

Riverside, CA

#20 Yesterday
Victory Line wrote:
I remember it, The Captain or something had the NERVE to say that it was the SHOOTERS fault by saying,"he was complaisant." I think that's bullshit. I think it was the person who hit the button.
Like how they just enforced new gun laws bc people are gong to schools shooting other pp, the Admiral should be obligated to make their hours shorter than 14 hours a day! Especially when their lives are literally inches away from being taken on a daily basis.
It is entirely his fault. There are rules on the flight deck. It says he stood up simultaneously. The only way it could've been prevented is if they were to call suspend, which would've had to have been before the launch. He stood up while the launch was beginning.

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