US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan

by Garry Watts November 23, 2017, 0:16
US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan

The Japan-based 7th fleet says that search and rescue operation has now been launched from the carrier.

The U.S. Navy says an aircraft with 11 people on board crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

So far eight people have been found but their condition is not known.

The incident occurred around 2.45pm local time (00:45am EST) and recovery is underway.

Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S. Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble.

Japanese and American rescuers scrambled to reach the downed aircraft in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori, in the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia.

US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan
US Navy aircraft carrying 11 people crashes into sea off Japan

They were transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation.

In Washington, the White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the crash.

"From the U.S. military, we have received an initial report that engine trouble might be the cause", he said. Their names were being withheld pending next of kin notification, the 7th Fleet said. "Prayers for all involved".

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.

The USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off Singapore in August, killing 10 sailors and injuring five others. A Navy report recommended numerous changes to address the problems, ranging from improved training to increasing sleep and stress management for sailors.

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