TOKYO — A United States Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed Wednesday southeast of Okinawa, Japan, the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet, the Navy’s largest overseas fleet.
According to a statement from the Seventh Fleet, the aircraft was on its way to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, an aircraft carrier currently operating in the Philippine Sea.
NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, reported that eight people had been rescued and that a search was continuing for the remaining three. No information was released about the condition of the survivors.
According to NHK, the aircraft was a C-2 propeller cargo plane often used to carry supplies and passengers to and from aircraft carriers. The Ronald Reagan has been participating in a series of military drills in recent weeks and is engaged now in a joint exercise with Japan’s navy, known as the Maritime Self Defense Forces, NHK said.
Speaking to reporters, Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defense minister, said a United States source had indicated that the aircraft might have had engine trouble.
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