Around the time that Gulf War I was going on, I heard about a EA-3B from my old squadron, VAQ-33 crashing ( http://www.reenactor.net/vaq-33/index.htm ). I searched on YouTube and found thee video that shows the EA-3B crashing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT40pxuPzfo . From what I remember when this accident first came out is that the green pilot bolterd (didn't catch an arresting wire) numerous times so they set up the barrier to catch him. He (obviously) came in too high and too fast which caused him to tear the barrier apart. The aircraft then slid down the flight deck, went off the angle deck, and into the water. I too am confused as to why they didn't send a rescue team to get them out. I didn't know any of the crew as I got out of the Navy in 1971. The A-3D (the Skywarrior's original designation) was called the All Three Dead as NOBODY has EVER gotten out of an A-3. The tail is 30+ feet tall so ejection seats can't clear the tail. They installed a side door on it but the fuselage's aerodynamics suck you down the side hammering you to death or you get sucked into the J-57 jet engine! There is a radome on the belly with many antena's sticking out it so you are implaled on them if you go out that way. BTW, VAW-33's mission was electronic warfare = monitoring other countries electronics. Electronics being any radio signals from communications to radar.