According to reports from Japan, eight people were rescued after US military plane carrying 11 personnel crashed into Philippine Sea while en way to an aircraft carrier.
8 people have been saved after that US military plane carrying 11 people crashed into Philippine Sea on its way to an aircraft, Japan’s defence ministry said Wednesday.
Rescuers from both Japan and the United States were dispatched to the Okinotori Reef, a remote Japanese island, to find the crashed plane.
It was reported to the Japanese government that eight passengers had been saved and that the reason of the disaster had been ruled out by US officials as engine issues.
Navy officials reported that “Personnel recovery is underway & their condition will be assessed by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff.”
On its way to the USS Ronald Reagan, a US Navy aircraft operating as in Philippine Sea, “the aircraft is en route.”
Itsunori Onodera, the Japanese defence minister, said a coordinated operation has begun in Tokyo.
As he explained to reporters, “the United States and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are currently conducting a search and rescue mission in the area.”
At least one source told him that engine issues had been suspected by the US military.
There was no immediate word on the type of aircraft involved, but the carrier group’s website lists over 60 different planes and helicopters as being operated from USS Ronald Reagan. Visit here to see Over The Past Three Years, A Report Has Examined The Waste Problem In The United States.
Fighters like the F/A-18 Super Hornet, electronic attack planes like the AWACS, transports like the C-17 Globemaster III, and helicopters like the MH-60 Seahawk are also part of the arsenal.
US personnel and equipment totaling billions of dollars are spread across Japan & South Korea with in western Pacific as a result of the US military’s extensive presence there.
There have been several mishaps involving US Navy vessels in East Asia in the last several months.
After colliding with a tanker off the coast of Singapore in August, the USS John S. McCain lost 10 of its crew members and injured another five.
Seven sailors were killed in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald or a cargo ship in June, just two months earlier.
In addition, there were two lesser-known events. Both the USS Antietam and the USS Lake Champlain got aground near their bases in Japan in January and May, respectively.
One of three US aircraft carriers that took part in unusual regional joint manoeuvres last week, the Ronald Reagan was joined by ships from Japan’s navy as well as South Korea’s military separately over the weekend.
The Reagan is among 10 Nimitz-class supercarriers, that the US Navy identifies as the world’s largest warships. The Reagan is 333 metres (1092 feet) long and has a crew of 4,225.
As tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes remain high between Washington and Pyongyang, the drills take place.