US Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash

Above, a handout photo by the US shows as a C-2 Greyhound preparing to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald in the Pacific Ocean. The latest Navy accident in the Asia Pacific comes after two deadly incidents in the region involving US warships. (Courtesy US Navy)
Updated 24 November 2017
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US Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash

TOKYO: A US Navy said it has called off a search for three sailors missing since a transport plane crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday enroute to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.
“During the course of two days, eight US Navy and Japan Maritime Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1,000-square nautical miles,” the US Seventh Fleet said in a press release.
Eight other people on a C-2 Greyhound were rescued shortly after the aircraft crashed and transferred to the Reagan.
The latest Navy accident in the Asia Pacific comes after two deadly incidents in the region involving US warships that have raised questions about training and the pace of Navy operations in the region, prompting a Congressional hearing and the removal of a number of some senior officers.
The propeller powered C-2 on Wednesday was conducting a routine flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan to the carrier.
The mainstay transport aircraft for the US carrier fleet has been in operation for more than five decades and is due to be replaced by a long-range version of the tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft.
The US Navy said it is investigating the cause of the crash. Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera told reporters on Wednesday that the US Navy informed him that the crash might have been a result of engine trouble.


NATO says foreign soldier killed in Afghan insider attack

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NATO says foreign soldier killed in Afghan insider attack

  • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the western province of Herat

KABUL: A foreign soldier was killed and two others wounded in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, days after a gunman wounded a US general at a high-level security meeting.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the western province of Herat, which it said killed or wounded "a large number of American soldiers".
NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan did not immediately release the nationalities of the three soldiers, but it is understood they are not American.
"Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces," Resolute Support said in a statement.
The so-called "green-on-blue" attack was the latest in a series of such incidents in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on international troops with whom they are working.
It comes four days after a gunman wearing an Afghan security forces uniform opened fire on a gathering of security chiefs, including General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
Miller was not hurt in the shooting in the southern city of Kandahar that killed three people, including a powerful Afghan police chief.
US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 wounded.