Washington D.C. [United States], November 25 (ANI): The U.S. Navy has called off search and rescue efforts for three missing sailors two days after their transport plane crashed into the Philippine Sea south of Japan.
The plane was on its way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
The Navy has withheld the missing sailors' names until their next of kin have been notified.
"As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts," said the Navy statement, which was released Thursday.
C2-A Greyhound transport plane was carrying a total of 11 people, out of which eight had been rescued and were reportedly in "good condition."
The U.S. Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet had two fatal accidents in Asian waters this year, leaving 17 sailors dead in total and prompting the removal of eight top Navy officers from their posts, including the 7th Fleet commander.
The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead.