US Navy aircraft crashed into Pacific Ocean

171120-N-OY799-206 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 20, 2017) The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams the Philippine Sea during Annual Exercise 2017. Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

United States Navy C2-A Greyhound aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa at approximately 2:45 p.m. today (Japan Standard Time, Nov. 22, 2017)

The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  Reagan is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with JMSDF.

Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel approximately 3:23 p.m.

All personnel were transferred to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for medical evaluation and are in good condition at this time.

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 names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The cause of the crash is not known at this time.The incident will be investigated.

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