A US Navy plane has crashed in the Philippine sea south of Japan, the C2-A Grey aircraft carrying 11 passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa, eight people were rescued and are currently in good condition but three still missing the Navy said.
Based on the Navy reports, The names of those involved in this ugly incident are still being withheld, pending their notification of their various next of kin.
“Our entire focus is on finding all of our sailors,” Navy Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton said. “US and Japanese ships and aircraft are searching the area of the crash, and we will be relentless in our efforts.”
This morning, the search for the C2-A Grey aircraft missing passengers was expanded, it is being reported that both the US and Japanese forces had already covered more than 320 nautical miles
The C2-A Grey aircraft was carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan to the carrier when it crashed into the ocean.
The cause of the ill incident wasn’t immediately confirmed, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters he got information from the US military that the cause of the C2-A Grey aircraft might be engine troubles.
A year to forget for the Navy in Pacific
It’s really been a bad year for the Navy in the western North Pacific
In August, the commander of the 7th fleet Vice Adm.Joseph Aucoin was sacked after a deadly collision between a destroyer USS John S.McCain and a merchant ship off Singapore led to the death of 10 US sailors.
In June, seven US sailors died when the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, also of the 7th Fleet, collided with a cargo ship off Japan.
According to a Navy report, those two accidental collisions were “avoidable’ and the credibility of the leadership is questioned.