The US Navy has ended the search and rescue mission to find three sailors who went missing after their aircraft crashed into the Philippine Sea a couple of days ago, presuming they are dead.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70m, said in a statement issued on Thursday.
“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,” said the Navy statement.
Rescuer workers rescued eight people and returned them to safety south of Japan after the US plane with 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday afternoon.
“The aircraft was en-route to the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is currently operating in the Philippine Sea,”…