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Navy locates downed C-2A Greyhound that crashed into Philippine Sea

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Navy locates downed C-2A Greyhound that crashed into Philippine Sea, killing three

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The Navy announced late Friday that a team of deep water salvage experts last week located a downed C-2A Greyhound 18,500 feet below the Philippine Sea.

The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 military personnel to the USS Ronald Reagan on November 22 when it crashed into the Philippine Sea. After an exhaustive recovery effort that covered 1,000 square nautical miles, eight of the 11 sailors were rescued; three died.

8 personnel recovered following C2-A crash have been transferred to #USSRonaldReagan for medical evaluation and are in good condition. Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with @USNavy and #JMSDF ships and aircraft on scene. https://t.co/uuIWd9SUSF pic.twitter.com/rvFC81Qbqq

— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) November 22, 2017

171117-N-KH151-061 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 17, 2017) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on Nov. 17, 2017. (Mass Communication SpecialistThe Associated Press
171117-N-KH151-061 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 17, 2017) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on Nov. 17, 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist

According to a statement released by the Navy’s 7th Fleet, the team of salvage experts located the aircraft on December 29 using sensors that listen for “pings” emitted by the downed aircraft.

At 18,500 feet, “the salvage phase of this operation [will be] the deepest recovery attempt of an aircraft to date,” the Navy said, adding; “Despite very challenging conditions, every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and our fallen sailors.”

The three deceased sailors were identified as Lt. Steven Combs, Airman Matthew Chialastri, and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso.

FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at an The Associated Press
FILE – In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at an
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