In a brief statement, the us 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.
The plane was en route to the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, now operating in the Philippine Sea.
The search continues for three missing personnel. Eight of the 11 have been rescued and are in good condition, the Navy said.
It said the ship was operating in the Philippines Sea when the crash happened at 2.45 p.m.
Japanese and American rescuers scrambled to reach the downed aircraft in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori, in the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia.
US Navy aircraft carrying 11 people crashes into sea off Japan
Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S. Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble.
The aircraft was headed to the US aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, which is deployed to the Philippine Sea. "Prayers for all involved".
According to a statement from the Navy, the names of the crew and passengers who were onboard are being withheld pending the notification of their next of kin.
NHK says the aircraft was a U.S. Navy C-2 transport plane.
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