A U.S. Navy C-2 cargo plane crashed in the Philippine Sea Wednesday. The plane, with 11 people on board, had taken off from Japan. The C-2 was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan when it is believed to have suffered engine failure. 8 people were rescued, but 3 remain missing.
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A statement from the U.S. Navy’s 7th fleet says that the 8 people rescued were in “good condition.” The crash occurred about 575 miles southeast of Okinawa. The 8 were picked up by U.S. Navy helicopters and were rescued less than an hour after the crash. They’ve been taken to the USS Ronald Reagan for treatment.
The U.S. and Japanese are still searching for the those who remain missing.
“We are aware of the incident and it is currently under investigation,” The Pentagon noted.
“The Navy’s C-2 Greyhound is a cargo plane that delivers passengers and supplies to aircraft carriers at sea,” Fox writes. “It is a very old aircraft, having first entered service in the late 1960s. It is scheduled to be replaced by the V-22 Osprey in the next few years.”
The USS Ronald Reagan had been off the Korean Peninsula with two other carriers earlier in November. The massive show of force was meant to dissuade North Korea from continuing their war of words with the United States.
The USS Ronald Reagan had since moved to the waters off Japan to work with the Japanese Navy.
This incident is just the latest in a growing string of calamities involving the 7th fleet. Earlier in the year the guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain were involved in separate incidents. 17 sailors were killed.