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TOKYO (AP) — An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said.
Japan’s defense minister says eight of the crew and passengers have been found, but it’s unclear if they’re alive.
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The Defense Ministry says it had no information on their condition.
A spokesman quoted Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera as telling reporters Wednesday that the C-2 aircraft crashed into the Pacific about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll. It was taking part in an ongoing joint U.S.-Japan naval exercise.
7th - Fleet - Statement - Search - Rescue
The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that the search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier.
“Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the statement said.
Ship - Philippine - Sea - East - Philippines
It said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred...
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