Eight personnel have been recovered after a US Navy plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan, the Navy’s seventh Fleet has confirmed.
These recovered from the crash are in a “good situation,” in response to a press release launched this morning, and are receiving medical consideration on the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered supercarrier working within the Philippine Sea.
American and Japanese ships and plane are persevering with their seek for three extra personnel who had been on board.
The C-2 Greyhound plane had been on its method to the USS Ronald Reagan when it went down southeast of Okinawa, a Japanese island within the East China Sea, at 2:45 p.m. native time.
“The plane was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76),” the seventh Fleet added within the assertion.
Japanese Protection Minister Itsunori Onodera confirmed to native reporters that the Japanese Maritime Self-Protection Power is “presently looking with US forces.”
“We acquired info from US Forces that the trigger is probably engine malfunction,” he added.
The seventh Fleet has not but confirmed the reason for the crash.
The incident marks the sixth time the seventh Fleet, which is comprised of between 50 and 70 ships, has been concerned in a crash this yr.
It has been conducting workout routines within the area within the gentle of rising tensions with North Korea, most just lately finishing up a three-carrier strike train between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
Final week the USS Benfold collided with a business tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay that had drifted in direction of the warship throughout a towing train.
Different incidences embrace the collision of the USS John S. McCain with a business vessel close to Singapore in August and the USS Fitzgerald with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan in June, which killed 10 and seven US sailors respectively.
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