The US Navy has called off the search for three sailors who had been missing since their transport aircraft crashed in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday. Eight sailors were rescued after the crash.
US Navy calls of search Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Today (Friday), the US Navy has called off the search for three sailors who had been missing since their transport aircraft crashed near the Philippines on Wednesday.
Before the crash, the plane was on its way to the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is operating in the Philippine Sea. Eight sailors were rescued immediately after the crash and are in stable condition.
According to an official statement: “During the course of two days, eight US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles in the search for the missing sailors.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” Rear Admiral Marc Dalton stated. “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.”