Three People Missing in US Navy Airplane Crash into the Philippine Sea

Zimbabwean military parade during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Zimbabwe Thursday Nov. 23 2017. Zimbabwe on Thursday is making preparations to swear in a

Zimbabwean military parade during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Zimbabwe Thursday Nov. 23 2017. Zimbabwe on Thursday is making preparations to swear in a

The ships and aircraft had searched more than 320 nautical miles as of this morning, the navy said.

Eight warships joined a United States aircraft carrier and scores of helicopters and planes Thursday to search for three American sailors who went missing after their plane crashed in the Philippine Sea.

The C2-A Greyhound transport plane was carrying 11 crew and passengers to an aircraft carrier when it crashed into the Philippine Sea around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, the Navy said.

Search and rescue (SAR) efforts are ongoing in the area. "I have been informed from the USA military that engine trouble may have caused (the crash)", Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.

The twin-propeller plane came down about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement. "The cause of the crash is not yet known", it said in a press release.

Their C-2 "Greyhound" transport plane crashed while on its way to the carrier on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea, where the USA and Japanese navies are holding exercises.

The Reagan was participating in a joint exercise with Japan's navy when the plane crashed. The bodies of seven USA sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

The series of incidents involving the fleet raised fears that allies in the region would be nervous about the reliability of the United States navy and revealed concerns that the service is stretched too thinly on constant deployments across a vast area. We are monitoring the situation.

In August, 10 sailors were killed when the destroyer USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore.

The guided missile destroyer Fitzgerald nearly sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17.

Those two fatal collisions were "avoidable" and "numerous failures occurred on the part of leadership", a Navy report concluded earlier this month. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near its base in Japan, and in May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel.

This is the fifth accident this year for the US Seventh.

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