In a brief statement, the us 7th Fleet said the plane went down about 2:45 p.m. Japan time (12:45 a.m. ET) while it was en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76), which is operating in the region.
A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.
It said later that a search was still underway for three missing personnel, and that eight had been rescued in good condition.
The vessel is now conducting search and rescue operations and trying to recover the crew.
While confirming the news, Japan's defense minister said, eight of the people on board have been found, but it was not clear whether they are alive or not.
In this June 18, 2017, handout provided by the U.S. Navy, a combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld while next of kin are notified. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have also dispatched ships, Onodera said.
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