Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel following a U.S. Navy C-2A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa at 3:23 p.m. Nov. 22, the Navy said in a statement.
All personnel were transferred to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) for medical evaluation and are in good condition at this time.
Search and rescue (SAR) efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene. The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, Nov. 22, 2017, the C2-A aircraft with 11 crew and passengers onboard crashed into the ocean approximately 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa. The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with JMSDF.
The C2-A is assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero, Detachment Five, forward deployed in NAF Atsugi, Japan. Detachment Five’s mission includes the transport of high-priority cargo, mail, duty passengers and Distinguished Visitors between USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and shore bases throughout the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia theaters.
The Navy said that the incident will be investigated.
The C-2A Greyhound is the U.S. Navy’s carrier-onboard-delivery (COD) aircraft, providing critical logistics support.
The C-2A can deliver a payload of up to 10,000 pounds. The cabin can readily accommodate cargo, passengers or both.
It is also equipped to accept litter patients in medical evacuation missions. Priority cargo such as jet engines can be transported from shore to ship in a matter of hours.
The large aft cargo ramp and door, and a powered winch, allow straight-in rear cargo loading and downloading for fast turnaround. The C-2A’s open-ramp flight capability allows airdrop of supplies and personnel from a carrier-launched aircraft.
This, plus its folding wings and an onboard auxiliary power unit for engine starting and ground power self-sufficiency in remote areas, provides an operational versatility found in no other cargo aircraft.