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Three Missing After U.S. Navy Plane Crashes in Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan. The plane was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the carrier on Wednesda. The plane crashed as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.

Eight people were rescued and three others missing. All of the rescued personnel were transferred to the carrier for medical evaluation and were in good condition.

Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S. Navy informed him that the crash may have been a result of engine trouble.

Crash is the fifth accident this year for US Seventh Fleet.

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