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US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

22 November 2017

A US Navy (USN) Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service’s 7th Fleet announced.

A Grumman C-2 Greyhound about to be launched from the deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. An aircraft similar to this crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November with 11 personnel on board. At the time of writing, eight had been rescued. (US Navy)A Grumman C-2 Greyhound about to be launched from the deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. An aircraft similar to this crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November with 11 personnel on board. At the time of writing, eight had been rescued. (US Navy)

The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) aircraft carrier when the incident occurred at approximately 14.25 h local time.

A search-and-rescue effort has safely recovered eight of those on board, while the USN and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessels that were exercising with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group continue in their attempt to locate the remaining three personnel.

The USN has not provided any details about the possible cause of the crash.

Prior to this incident the USN had 35 C-2A Greyhound aircraft to provide COD for passengers and cargo to and from aircraft carriers. The C-2As are operated by the USN’s Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons with each Carrier Air Wing being serviced by a pair of Greyhounds.

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