Search Called Off For Missing Sailors from C-2A Greyhound Crash
Military.com reports that the search for 3 missing sailors from the C-2A Greyhound crash on November 23 was called off on November 24, 36 hours after the incident. Searchers from both the US and Japan covered a total of about 1000 square nautical miles to no avail. The accident is under investigation.
Speculation as to the cause of the crash includes the rare possibility of dual engine failure, or something that went wrong with the oil and fuel system.
The eight personnel aboard the aircraft were rescued so quickly that some wonder if the pilot was able to land his crippled aircraft on the water at first. It would have required a feat something like “Sully” Sullenberger’s landing of a commercial airliner on the Hudson River in 2009. It is unclear at this point whether that was the case. In the 2009 incident, not one passenger was lost. In this case, three.
The Navy’s 7th Fleet issued this statement:
The U.S. Navy ceased search and rescue operations at 10:00 a.m. Japan Standard Time on Nov. 24 for three Sailors not immediately recovered after a C-2A Greyhound crashed on the afternoon of Nov. 22.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) led the combined search and rescue efforts with units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). During the course of two days, eight U.S. Navy and JMSDF ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1000 square nautical miles in the search for the missing sailors.
Eight Sailors were immediately recovered from the crash and transferred to Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation. All are in good condition at this time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, Commander, Task Force 70. “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.”
The Sailors names are being withheld pending completion of next of kin notifications