U.S. Navy says airplane with 11 aboard crashed into Pacific

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017|12:15 a.m.

TOKYO– An aircraft bring 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday while en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy stated.

The Japan-based 7th Fleet stated in a declaration that the search and rescue operation was released from the provider.

“Worker recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the declaration said.

It stated the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. Japan time. The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notice.

The reason for the crash was not immediately clear, the Navy said.

The 7th Fleet has actually had two fatal mishaps in Asian waters this year, leaving 17 sailors dead and triggering the removal of eight leading Navy officers from their posts, including the 7th Fleet leader.

The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker clashed near Singapore in August, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead. 7 sailors passed away in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan.

The Navy has concluded that the accidents were avoidable and resulted from widespread failures by the teams and commanders, who didn’t quickly acknowledge and react to unfolding emergency situations. A Navy report recommended numerous changes to attend to the problems, varying from improved training to increasing sleep and stress management for sailors.

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