US Navy loses an aircraft carrying 11 people Nov 22, 2017 20:37:51 GMT 12
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Nov 22, 2017 20:37:51 GMT 12
from The Washington Post....
U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into ocean near Okinawa
The Navy is conducting search and rescue operations, cause of crash still unknown.
By ANNA FIFIELD | 2:47AM EST - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
In this October 21, 2017 file photo, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is escorted into Busan port, South Korea,
after completing a joint drill with the South Korean military. — Photograph: Jo Jung-Ho/Associated Press.
TOKYO — A U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday afternoon, the Seventh Fleet said.
The aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is currently operating in the Philippine Sea, when it crashed. The cause of the crash is not known, the Seventh Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, said in a statement.
The Reagan crew is conducting search and rescue operations and trying to recover the crew. The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld while next of kin are notified.
• Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo, focusing on Japan and the Koreas. She previously reported for the Financial Times from Washington DC, Seoul, Sydney, London and from across the Middle East.