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US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into ocean near Okinawa, eight rescued

23 Ноября 2017, 12:16 | Bernice Figueroa

US Navy aircraft carrying 11 people crashes into sea off Japan

US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan

The C2-A Greyhound aircraft was on a routine flight from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is now in the Philippine Sea on exercises with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The U.S. Navy says an aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers has crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

"The Maritime Self-Defense Force is now searching with US forces", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said, according to public broadcaster NHK.

"Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff", it said.

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

In Tokyo, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said a joint operation had been launched.

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The C-2 is a twin-engine cargo plane created to transport people and supplies to and from aircraft carriers.

Reports say United States military vessels has recently involved in several numbers of accidents in recent time in East Asia.

There were also two more, lesser-known incidents.

The aircraft was taking part in an ongoing U.S. -Japan naval exercise off the coast of Okinawa in which some 14,000 U.S. personnel were participating.

The nuclear-powered Reagan is one of 10 Nimitz class supercarriers, which the US Navy describes as the largest warships in the world.

The drills come as tensions persist between Washington and North Korea over its missile and nuclear programme.

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