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US Navy locates crashed plane deep on Pacific seabed

 International Desk Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 12:12 PM, 6 January 2018   Updated: 12:57 PM, 6 January 2018

The US Navy located a transport aircraft deep on the Pacific Ocean floor where it was crashed in November and killed three sailors on board.

The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement on Saturday that the C-2A “Greyhound” aircraft was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, but it crashed before the Thanksgiving day in the Philippine Sea which is about 18,500 feet (5,640 meters) depth.

The plane was located last week by a pinger locator that picked up the aircraft’s emergency signal. After marking the location, the search team returned to port in Japan.

The statement said that the team will return to the site with a side-scan sonar and remote operated vehicle to map the debris field and attach heavy lines for lifting the aircraft to the surface in the coming weeks.

Navy said the mission was initially delayed by the poor weather, but they will make their best effort to recover the aircraft and their fallen sailors in challenging conditions.

Eight people were rescued and the dead were identified as Lt. Steven Combs Jr. and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and Airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana.

Steven Combs`s sister Elizabeth Combs said that her brother was piloting the aircraft and managed to settle it in the sea and rescued eight people. The Navy called Combs’ actions “heroic.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Last year the 7th Fleet had two fatal naval accidents in Asian waters and killed 17 sailors and prompting the removal of eight top Navy officers from their posts, including the fleet commander