Navy identifies sailors missing after plane crash
Added 11-25-17 01:18:02pm EST - “The Navy released the names of the three sailors still missing after a transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday. Lt. Steven Combs and Seaman Apprentice Bryan Grosso, both of Flori…” - Nypost.com
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The Navy released the names of the three sailors still missing after a transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday.
Lt. Steven Combs and Seaman Apprentice Bryan Grosso, both of Florida, and Louisiana-born Seaman Matthew Chialastri were among the 11 crew members and passengers on the C-2A Greyhound transport plane when it went down about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa while en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
The twin-prop plane crashed while the carrier was operating in the Philippine Sea during a joint exercise with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Some early reports said the plane had engine trouble before it went down.
The Navy called off search-and-rescue efforts on Friday morning, saying U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles over two days. The Reagan had been leading the search effort, joined by eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these sailors,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, in a statement released Saturday. “Their service and sacrifice will be lasting in Seventh Fleet and we will continue to stand the watch for them, as they did bravely for all of us.”
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