MANILA, Philippines – A United States Navy aircraft has reportedly crashed in the Philippine waters on Wednesday, November 22.
An official statement released by the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet said the still unidentified aircraft carrying 11 passengers and crew members went down in the Philippine sea southeast of Okinawa, Japan at approximately 2:45 pm.
The aircraft was enroute to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) which is currently operating in the Philippine territorial waters when the incident happened.
“Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the statement read.
The US Navy have not yet released the names of the crew and the passengers while their next of kin are still being notified. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
“SS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations. The cause of the crash is not known at this time,” the statement added.