Eight rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes into sea 150 km off Okinawa
Japan Times -- Nov 22
In the latest incident involving the American military in Okinawa, a U.S. Navy C-2 transport aircraft carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed into the ocean 150 km northwest of Okinotorishima on Wednesday.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that “eight of the 10 to 11” aboard the aircraft “had been rescued” and that the U.S. military had said the cause of the crash appeared to be engine trouble. Kyodo News, meanwhile, quoted Onodera as saying that “at least two” of those aboard were still missing.

The names of the crew and passengers were being withheld pending next of kin notification, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.

News source: Japan Times
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