A US Navy plane, carrying 11 crew and passengers, crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the ABC News reported on Wednesday.
Eight of the people on board have been found, Japan's Defense Minister told reporters, but it was unclear whether they were alive. The Defense Ministry said it had no information on their condition.
The Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that a search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier.
"Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff," the statement said.
The C-2 "Greyhound" aircraft crashed into the Pacific about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said, according to a ministry spokesman.
The Navy said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, the Navy said.
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