U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine
Sea; three missing
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[November 22, 2017]
TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy
transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south
of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the Ronald
Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.
Eight people had been rescued, with the remaining three unaccounted for,
it said, adding that all of the rescued personnel were transferred to
the Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation and were in good condition.
"Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy
and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on
scene," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a news release.
"The incident will be investigated."
The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying
passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the
carrier, which was operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an
exercise with Japanese forces, it said.
Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S.
Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been
a result of engine trouble.
The propeller powered transport plane, a C-2 Greyhound, carries
personnel, mail and other cargo from mainland bases to carriers
operating at sea.
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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan steams the Philippine Sea
during Annual Exercise 2017, joint military training between the
U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, in this handout
photo taken November 20, 2017. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS
C-2 aircraft have been in operation for more than five decades and
are due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft.
(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Additional reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto;
Editing by Robert Birsel)
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