8 found alive after US Navy aircraft crashes into Pacific off Japan

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash involving the C-2 "Greyhound" transport aircraft yesterday afternoon, but three others are still missing.

Itsunori Onodera, the Defense Minister of Japan said that, "I have been informed from the U.S. military that engine trouble may have caused (the crash)".

The cause of the crash is not known at this time.

The twin-propeller plane came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement.

The eight personnel were recovered by the "Golden Falcons" of U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12.

U.S. authorities initially told Japan on Wednesday that engine trouble was the suspected cause of the accident.

"Our entire focus is on finding all of our Sailors", said Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Task Force 70.

The Reagan is leading the joint effort by the U.S. and Japanese navies to find the missing sailors.


The USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August, leaving 10 US sailors dead. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near its base in Japan, and in May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel.

Two months earlier in June, another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, and a cargo ship smashed into each other off Japan, leaving seven sailors dead. Fears have now been raised over the effectiveness of the US Navy and its ability to patrol the area.

The aircraft was travelling to a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Philippine Sea.

The US Navy has confirmed that divers have found the remains of some of the missing sailors from the USS... The aircraft was carrying cargo and passengers from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) in the Nishiki river delta in Japan to the porter.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the crash site is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

The C2-A is assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero, Detachment Five, forward deployed in NAF Atsugi, Japan.

The incident is under investigation.

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