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US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan

23 November 2017

The Navy recovered eight of the 11 sailors onboard the aircraft at 3:23, or about 38min after the twin-engined transport crashed while en route from MCAS Iwakuni to the USS Ronald Reagan.

While confirming the news, Japan's defense minister said, eight of the people on board have been found, but it was not clear whether they are alive or not. The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) are conducting dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the USA 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Japan's Defence Ministry said the crash site is about 150km northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the Navy said. The Reagan is home-ported at the USA naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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The cause of the crash was unclear, as was whether any of those aboard the aircraft had survived.

The US Navy lost 10 personnel in August, when the USS John McCain collided with a tanker near Singapore.

The Navy has concluded that the collisions were avoidable and resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders, who didn't quickly recognise and respond to unfolding emergencies.

US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan