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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Breaking News: 8 Passengers Aboard a U.S. Navy Aircraft Rescued - 3 Still Missing

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US Navy aircraft carrying 11 passengers crashes into sea near Japan, 8 rescued

US Navy aircraft carrying 11 passengers crashes into sea near Japan, 8 rescued

A U.S. Navy aircraft with 11 passengers and crew crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday on its return to the USS Ronald Reagan, according to the Navy's 7th Fleet. Eight of the 11 have been rescued and are in good condition, the Navy said.
Search and rescue efforts continue for the other three people on board the aircraft when it went down.
The crash, which took place about 500 nautical miles (575 miles) southeast of Okinawa, Japan, happened at 2:45 p.m. local time, which is 12:45 a.m. ET.
The USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations, the Navy said.
The cause of the crash is unknown.
The Navy said the C2-A aircraft was conducting "a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan."
The USS Ronald Reagan is currently operating in the Philippine Sea. The ship was taking part in Annual Exercise 2017 (AE17), a bilateral field-training exercise with the Japanese Navy conducted in waters off Japan from Nov. 16 to 26.
It is one of three carriers currently operating in the area, along with the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt. They took part in a military exercise a little over a week ago as a show of strength toward North Korea.