Three personnel missing following C-2 crash

By Lee Hudson / November 22, 2017 at 10:09 AM

A search and rescue operation is still seeking three missing personnel after a C-2A Greyhound crashed southeast of Okinawa, Japan last night, according to a Navy statement.

Eight personnel were transferred to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) for medical evaluation and were deemed in "good condition," the statement reads.

The crash occurred 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa. The aircraft, which was flying in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the Reagan. The aircraft carrier is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Following the announcement of the Navy search and rescue operation, both President Trump and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer tweeted statements saying they are monitoring the situation. The incident is under investigation.