Washington Post: U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean off Japan; 8 rescued22 November 2017 | 20:29 | FOCUS News Agency
The search for the remaining three people is continuing.
It was the latest accident to befall the 7th Fleet, which is based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, and has endured multiple collisions at sea this year, including two that involved guided-missile destroyers and left 17 sailors dead.
The C-2A Greyhound aircraft was on a routine flight from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is in the Philippine Sea for exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.
It crashed at 2:45 p.m. local time Wednesday, the 7th Fleet said in a statement. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, it said, and an investigation will be carried out.
The eight who were rescued were transferred to the Reagan for medical evaluation. They were later described by the Navy as being in “good condition.”
The Reagan crew and Japanese forces were conducting search-and-rescue operations Wednesday afternoon in a bid to recover the remaining crew members and passengers. “We are monitoring the situation. Prayers for all involved,” President Trump wrote in a Twitter post.
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