Three people are missing after a US Navy plane crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday. The Navy transport plane was carrying 11 crew and passengers when it went down around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time.
Eight people have been rescued and are in good condition aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said in a statement. Meanwhile US and Japanese ships and planes are searching the area for the three people who remain missing. It’s been a difficult year for the Navy in the Pacific following a spate of incidents that led to the deaths of 17 sailors.
In August, the Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was relieved of his duty as the commander of the US 7th Fleet, following a deadly collision between the destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship off Singapore that left 10 US sailors dead. It was the fourth incident involving a US warship in the Pacific this year.
8 personnel recovered following C2-A crash have been transferred to #USSRonaldReagan for medical evaluation and are in good condition. Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with @USNavy and #JMSDF ships and aircraft on scene. https://t.co/uuIWd9SUSF pic.twitter.com/rvFC81Qbqq
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) November 22, 2017