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US Navy warplane crashes northeast of PH waters

This Aug. 31, 2018, photo released by US Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, front, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius, center, conduct an exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships off South China Sea. A U.S. Navy warplane belonging to the aircraft career USS Ronald Reagan has crashed into the sea northeast of the Philippines, but its two aviators were safely rescued. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/US Navy via AP)

TOKYO -- A warplane from the aircraft career USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea northeast of the Philippines on Monday, but its two aviators were rescued safely.

The US Navy's 7th Fleet said the F/A-18 Hornet had a mechanical problem during Monday's routine operations in the Philippine Sea.

A rescue aircraft plucked the aviators from the water immediately and brought them back to the ship, the Navy's statement said. They are both in good condition and the aircraft carrier has since returned to normal operations, the Navy said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Monday's crash was the second involving aircraft belonging to the USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month.

In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

The aircraft carrier participated in a joint exercise known as "Keen Sword" with Japan and Canada from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8 in waters around Japan and near Guam in the Pacific.

The F/A-18 was part of a Career Air Wing 5 onboard Ronald Reagan, the Navy said. (AP)


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