PHILIPPINE SEA (DWDD) – Philippine and United States authorities are still searching for the US Navy aircraft, a C2-A Greyhound aircraft, carrying 11 crew and passengers, crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa at approximately 2:45 p.m. yesterday.
The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
The US Navy has already recovered 8 of the passengers, while rescue and recovery of 3 more is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff.
The said aircraft was conducting routine transport flight from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan and was en-route to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is currently operating in the Philippine Sea. The plane crashed 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan. The cause of the crash is not known at this time. ALS