8 rescued, 3 still missing after Navy aircraft crash in Philippine Sea

8 rescued, 3 missing in Navy aircraft crash
Posted at 11:44 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 20:48:53-05

(KGTV) - Eight personnel have been recovered from the wreck of a Naval aircraft in the Philippine Sea Tuesday.

A Navy C2-A Greyhound aircraft with 11 crew members and passengers aboard crashed into the ocean about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa at about 2:45 p.m. local time Wednesday (9:45 p.m. Tuesday in San Diego), the US Navy said.

The aircraft was conducting a routine flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the USS Ronald Reagan.

Eight individuals were transported to the USS Ronald Reagan and are in good condition, the Navy said. Crews are still searching for three others who were on the aircraft.

The names of those involved in the wreck have not been released. The incident is being investigated.

A family assistance center has been set up following the crash. Families who live off base in Japan can call 0468-16-1728 and families living in the U.S. can call +81-468-16-1728 (international).

The USS Ronald Reagan also used to be homeported in San Diego before being moved to Japan in 2015.