Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

US Navy helicopter carrying 11 crashes into Pacific

US Navy helicopter carrying 11 crashes into Pacific

A United States Navy aircraft with 11 crew members and passengers on board crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday, the 7th Fleet says.

The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the carrier, which was operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with Japanese forces, it said.

The aircraft was en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea.

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

In a brief statement, the USA 7th Fleet said the C-2, a twin-engine airplane used to ferry personnel to and from aircraft carriers, went down about 2:45 p.m. Japan time (12:45 a.m. ET) while it was en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76), which is operating in the region. Japan's Defence Ministry said the crash site is about 150km northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

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

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The US Navy lost 10 personnel in August, when the USS John McCain collided with a tanker near Singapore.

The Navy has concluded that the collisions were avoidable and resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders, who didn't quickly recognize and respond to unfolding emergencies.

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