Navy Plane Crashes Into Pacific Off Okinawa With 11 Aboard; 3 Missing

In an incident reminiscent of the two accidents earlier this year involving Navy destroyers deployed in the Pacific, a Navy plane carrying 11 military personnel crashed Wednesday in the Pacific near Okinawa. Eight of the passengers have been rescued but three are still missing. The Navy said in a tweet that the eight were brought aboard the USS Ronald Reagan after their C-2 “Greyhound” transport aircraft crashed while on its way to the carrier about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

A C-2 aircraft

The Navy said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, south of Japan, when the crash occurred at 2:45 pm Japan time. The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The plane was taking part in an ongoing joint US-Japan naval exercise in waters surrounding Okinawa. The exercises began on Nov. 16, and were slated to run through Nov. 26. The Navy described the exercises as the “premier training event” between the two navies, designed to increase defensive readiness and interoperability in air and sea operations.

Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S. Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble. The propeller powered transport plane, a C-2 Greyhound, carries personnel, mail and other cargo from mainland bases to carriers operating at sea.

C-2 aircraft have been in operation for more than five decades and are due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft.

Accidents involving Navy vessels and aircraft have skyrocketed this year (they were previously exceedingly rare). Following the first incident – where seven sailors died after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippines container ship – rumors that the ship’s navigation system might’ve been hacked abounded. But they were later put to the rest by the military, which relieved the ship’s captain and ranking officers of their command and blamed the lethal accident on human error.  In the second incident, the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August, leaving 10 sailors dead. Both of the collisions involved Navy destroyers from the 7th fleet. In total, the accidents left 17 sailors dead.



Stuck on Zero bluez Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:56 Permalink

I'm a bit saddened by the crash. I've flown on that exact plane a few times to/from the Ronald Reagan. Cats and traps are plenty exciting. You sit facing backwards in the plane and there are no windows to look out of. They are quite old and smell of jet fuel.  In the Navy these are affectionately called "CODs" which means "Crash On Deck." May the survivors do well and I pray for the fallen.

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War Machine Cognitive Dissonance Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

Gentlemen the solution is obvious - the Navy needs MOAR DIVERSITIES...

Flying seamen... how many are transitioning to a new and exciting gender identity? How many lesbian Latina dreamers are on board?

Listen boys, its a brave new world, and diversity is our strength, war is peace, and Saudi Arabia and Israel are our allies.


May good men do their duty, before it is too late.

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TheLastTrump Pliskin Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:49 Permalink

Anti American faux libertarian shills out in force this am.

I noticed a smell of burning rubber on some of the Iranian govt shills yesterday. Know what that means? They & their handlers expect things to got hot veeeery soon.

GOD bless these people in this accident, may the S&R people get to them quickly.

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War Machine TheLastTrump Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:55 Permalink

An artless, insipid Zionist troll pretending to care about American sailors while also hoping some soon die in another non-defensive needless war for Israel, oil/gas, and (((private central banking))) ... well it just about puts me off my breakfast.

Take a moment to thank whatever false god you pray to that you are not in my vicinity.

Remember the USS Liberty.

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fleur de lis TheLastTrump Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:03 Permalink

Would you please go join some anti-whatever protest with academians and students as dumb as yourself and stop posting stupid, universtiy style comments about serious issues about American casualties.Were it not for idiots like you we would not be ruled by venal morons whe trgger wars for profit because they cannot hold down ordinary jobs.

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east of eden Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:51 Permalink

Just goes to show you how much money is required to keep this 'monster' military operating safely. If the US was 'smart' they would cut their fleet to a size they can actually afford to maintain.

shimmy Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:58 Permalink

Convenient how pumpkin has been going on about needing a zillion dollars to buy all new military equipment and this stuff is happening. You'd almost think it was planned that way...

spanish inquisition Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:58 Permalink

I thought they banned drinking for US personnel in Okinawa./sHope they recover the missing. But if the US ever engages with an enemy, they just need to stay away and let the US take itself out.

toocrazy2yoo Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

Hey we wanted lots of Rican, Muslim, Negro and female, queer and tranny diversity in our Navy. Now that it's all embedded and in play, enjoy the results. If the race history of a prospective officer wasn't one known for navigating ships at sea, why would a Navy put them in command of ships at sea? If queers and trannies and women weren't historically great sailors of the Man O'War at sea in past history, pilots, designers and capable operators of planes and ships, why would we fill our ships with them? The whole diversity cabal is now in place, at least 20% of these crews are races and queers and tranny and women, probably closer to 30 or 40, who knows?Last I looked, White men were/are the only successful gender and race even capable of sailing these ships and flying these planes. And so the Navy sails on, everyone White male is bent over by queers, feminists, trannies, terrified of a report and court martial just for being White and Male. There's no teamwork, everything in Naval Air is now a twist of politics and sexual tension and perverse sexual attitudes and fear. Throw in all the Negro and Hispanic single mothers eating billets, salaries, benefits and they refuse to deploy and so every ship, every squadron, is less than 100% mission capable (they were even with the single mothers, there's always a price, a carrying cost), they're always short somewhere. And do it goes, so it goes. Installing race, gender , queer and tranny diversity was a very, very bad idea. Now that it's fully installed, up and running, as they say, how's it working so far?