Navy Rescues Eight of 11 from Crashed C-2A COD Aircraft
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Eight of 11 personnel have been rescued from a Navy C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea, according to a Nov. 22 release from Commander, Task Force 70. A search continues for the remaining three personnel by U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft.
The C-2A crashed at approximately 2:45 local time about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan. Eight personnel were rescued at approximately 3:23 pm and transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
The Navy said the rescued personnel were in good condition. The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification. The Navy has not yet announced if any of the missing are crew members of the aircraft.
The C-2A was on a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to Ronald Reagan. The C-2A was is assigned to Detachment Five of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, forward deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
The crashed C-2A was one of 35 Greyhounds in the Navy’s inventory. It was one of a second manufacturing run of 39 Greyhounds during the 1980s, the first batch of 17 being built in the 1960s and serving in the Vietnam War. The second batch featured extensive improvements and had gone through a service-life extension. The second C-2A batch has an excellent safety record.
The C-2A is a derivative of the Navy’s E-2 Hawkeye radar early warning aircraft. The Navy is proceeding with plans to procure 44 CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to replace the C-2A fleet.
The incident is under investigation.