A U.S. Navy C-2A plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean earlier today approximately 500 nautical mile southeast of Okinawa will 11 people on board:
FOX NEWS ALERT: US Navy aircraft carrying 11 people has crashed into the Pacific Ocean pic.twitter.com/gjT2Hqv9Ti
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) November 22, 2017
#BREAKING: #USNavy aircraft crashes in #PhilippineSea carrying 11 crew and passengers en route to #USSRonaldReagan. Search and rescue underway. More to follow – https://t.co/QQkcYlAP6N (File pic) pic.twitter.com/Cf53Hdh24h
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) November 22, 2017
According to reports, 8 of the 11 were recovered in “good condition.” A search for the remaining 3 people is ongoing:
UPDATE: Navy C-2 plane crashed shortly after takeoff from aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Early indications point to an engine failure on plane, multiple defense officials say. 8 of 11 recovered in “good condition,” Navy says. 3 people still missing.
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) November 22, 2017
Map of the crash area:
US Navy says the crash of the aircraft carrying 11 passengers and crew en route to the USS Ronald Reagan off Okinawa occurred at 2.45pm local time. It’s now 5.48pm there. Time of crash EDT: 12.48am. Some maps to give you a rough idea where the carrier is right now: pic.twitter.com/qwMErxJgE2
— Hurricane Watcher (@GodlessNZ) November 22, 2017
President Trump tweeted, “Prayers for all involved” and said he is “monitoring the situation”:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
Trump’s tweet about the missing plane, however, wasn’t fast enough for CNN’s dynamic duo:
This comes after 3 tweets about LaVar Ball and the NFL https://t.co/Dx1RJBfOfh
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 22, 2017
i dont remember it as fondly…but the man is relevant as we see in real time this morning…potus choosing to address him instead of navy crash for hours. https://t.co/i7qcqPUVTx
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) November 22, 2017
More from the U.S. Navy:
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) — Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel following a C2-A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa at approximately 3:23 p.m. today.
All personnel were transferred to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for medical evaluation and are in good condition at this time.
Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene.
The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, Nov. 22, 2017, the C2-A aircraft with 11 crew and passengers onboard crashed into the ocean approximately 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa. The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with JMSDF.
The C2-A is assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero, Detachment Five, forward deployed in NAF Atsugi, Japan. Detachment Five’s mission includes the transport of high-priority cargo, mail, duty passengers and Distinguished Visitors between USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and shore bases throughout the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia theaters.
The incident will be investigated.
A family assistance center is online at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Families who live off base in Japan can call 0468-16-1728. Families living in the United States can call +81-468-16-1728 (international); families who live on base can call 243-1728 (DSN).
(Update: This story has been updated to reflect new information.)