Eight personnel recovered from C-2A Aircraft crash in Philippine Sea

22 November 2017

From Task Force 70 Public Affairs

Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel following a C-2A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa, Nov 22.
A C-2A Greyhound assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 launches from the flight deck of the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group five, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Regan is participating in Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations.
In this file photo, A C-2A Greyhound launches from the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Nov 17. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Eduardo Otero/Released))
A C-2A Greyhound assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 launches from the flight deck of the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group five, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Regan is participating in Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations.
File photo
In this file photo, A C-2A Greyhound launches from the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Nov 17. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Eduardo Otero/Released))
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Otero
VIRIN: 171117-N-KH151-061

PHILIPPINE SEA - Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel following a C-2A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa at approximately 3:23 p.m. today.

All personnel were transferred to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for medical evaluation and are in good condition at this time.

Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene.

The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, Nov. 22, 2017, the C-2A aircraft with 11 crew and passengers onboard crashed into the ocean approximately 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa. The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with JMSDF.

The C-2A is assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero, Detachment Five, forward deployed in NAF Atsugi, Japan. Detachment Five's mission includes the transport of high-priority cargo, mail, duty passengers and Distinguished Visitors between USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and shore bases throughout the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia theaters.

The incident will be investigated.

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