December 18 2017, 02:49 | Irvin Gilbert
Eight personnel have been recovered from the wreck of a Naval aircraft in the Philippine Sea Tuesday
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 November 16 to November 26.
The government in Tokyo said it had been informed eight people had been plucked to safety, and that USA authorities had said engine trouble was the suspected cause of the accident.
A U.S. Navy airplane has crashed in the Philippine Sea near the coast of Okinawa, Japan, the Pacific 7th Fleet command said in a statement on Wednesday.
The USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations, the Navy said.
Eleven crew and passengers were aboard the Navy transport plane during the crash, which took place around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time.
Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a US Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.
"The Maritime Self-Defense Force is now searching with US forces", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said, according to public broadcaster NHK.
The C-2 is a twin-engine cargo plane created to transport people and supplies to and from aircraft carriers.
It was further added, "The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification".
Reports say United States military vessels has recently involved in several numbers of accidents in recent time in East Asia.
The C2-A "Greyhound" crashed about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa Wednesday afternoon, on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
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