The search to find three sailors who went missing after the C2-A Greyhound transport plane they were flying in crashed into the Philippine Sea in the southeast of Okinawa has been ended by the US Navy.
In a statement calling off the search, the US Navy said; “Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70.
“As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts.”
Before the search was called off, nearly 1,000 square nautical miles in the search was covered by seven US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft.
Authorities are however withholding the names of the three sailors pending next of kin notifications.
Reports say a total number of 11 crew and passengers were headed to an aircraft carrier when the plane crashed into the Philippine Sea with eight of the 11 crew members said to be rescued and in good condition after the incident.
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