On Wednesday, a Navy plane crashed into the Sea of Japan, leaving only 8 of the 11 people aboard alive. Fox News reports:
Eight sailors who were on board the C-2 cargo plane were rescued in “good condition” by U.S. Navy helicopters, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy’s 7th fleet. The aircraft crashed about 575 miles southeast of Okinawa as it was heading from Japan to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
The Japanese military is assisting in the recovery of the three who remain missing. The eight personnel who were recovered were found less than an hour after the crash occurred. They are currently being treated on board the aircraft carrier.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday: “We are aware of the incident and it is currently under investigation.”
The investigation quickly determined that something odd had happened.
“Wires were ripped out of an important console in the cockpit of the plane,” Navy spokesman Terrance Brooks told Fox News Thursday. “The plane should have made it, but navigational controls and other major systems failed as a result of what appears to be deliberate sabotage.”
The investigation is ongoing and it is unclear who would do this sort of thing, but the Pentagon is getting to the bottom of it.
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