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Old 11-27-2017, 10:20 AM
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U.S. Navy Transport Crashes En Route to Aircraft Carrier
By Kyle Mizokami - Nov 25, 2017

A U.S. Navy plane carrying passengers and cargo to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed in the Philippine Sea this week, Pentagon officials stated. Rescuers recovered eight individuals from the crash and another three are missing. The rescued eight are described as in good condition and a search continues for the remaining three.

The aircraft, a C-2A Greyhound Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft, took off Wednesday from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to rendezvous with the USS Reagan at sea. According to USNI News, the aircraft was assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, Detachment Five out of Atsugi, Japan.

The C-2A was carrying sailors to the ship along with cargo when it went down. The C-2A Greyhound is one of the oldest aircraft in the U.S. Navy. Designed to ferry people and goods between an aircraft carrier and land, it is unarmed and features a large cargo ramp in the rear of the aircraft to fit oversized cargo such as aircraft engines. The Greyhound carries up to 10,000 pounds of cargo, 26 passengers, or some combination thereof.

C-2As have a high availability rate and a high operational tempo during carrier deployments. According to manufacturer Northrop Grumman, “During a typical six-month peacetime aircraft carrier deployment, a two-aircraft C-2A detachment will accumulate approximately 1,000 flight hours, transport about 5,000 passengers and haul about one million pounds of cargo.” Despite the high number of miles the C-2A has a relatively low accident rate, with the last fatal accident in 1973. The Navy lost two other aircraft in separate accidents in 2003 and 2005.

The Navy has already decided on a replacement for the aging C-2A, the V-22 Osprey. The tiltrotor aircraft will replace the Greyhound starting in 2021, with the last of the older planes retired in 2026.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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