Eight people have been rescued after a USA military aircraft with 11 people aboard crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to an aircraft carrier, Japan said Wednesday (Nov 22).
It said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. local time.
The aircraft was en-route to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is now operating in the Philippine Sea.
The government in Tokyo said it had been informed eight people had been plucked to safety, and that United States authorities had said engine trouble was the suspected cause of the accident. The number of fatalities, injuries and cause of the crash was not immediately clear as rescue crews rushed to the plane.
The 7th Fleet said the Reagan was conducting search and rescue operations.
"Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff".
This accident comes at a time when important maneuvers naval japanese-american have been in progress since last Thursday near Okinawa, involving 14 000 us military, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as well as three destroyers lance-missiles the americans. Ships and aircraft have searched more than 320 nautical miles.
In a tweet, the USA 7 Fleet said that "next of kin notifications to inform families that their Sailors are duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN) are complete".
The Reagan was taking part of a joint exercise with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force when the plane crashed, according to The Associated Press.
In a separate incident in August, ten sailors were killed when the guided missile destroyer John S McCain collided with an oil tanker. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan.