U.S. Navy Aircraft with 11 People Aboard Crashes Into the Philippine Sea

In this March 22, 2007, file photo, the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, bottom, anchors as U.S. Aegis Ship passes after they arrive at Busan port for joint military exercises in Busan, South Korea.
(Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP)

A U.S. Navy aircraft with 11 people aboard crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

The U.S. 7th Fleet said the aircraft was on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean southeast of the Japanese island of Okinawa.

It said the names of the crew and passengers were being withheld until their families have been informed.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations, the military said.

SOURCE: USA Today – Jane Onyanga-Omara