WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Three U.S. Navy aviators are missing at sea after a command and control plane crashed over the Atlantic on Wednesday night, Navy officials said Thursday.
The E-2C Hawkeye is a command and control aircraft.
The E-2C Hawkeye was conducting exercises off the Virginia-North Carolina coast.
The plane crashed after it launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Navy officials said.
The twin-engine plane usually carries a crew of five, but had only three aboard during the flight.
The plane was part of a training squadron, VAW 120, and is based at the Naval Station Norfolk in southern Virginia. E-mail to a friend
CNN's Mike Mount contributed to this report.