C2A down

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2017, 11:02
by weasel1962
Reading reports of a C2A greyhound that went missing with 11 onboard. Not good. Hope the missing can be found.

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Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2017, 11:56
by Dragon029
Apparently 8 have been rescued; the other 3 are still missing:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japa ... SKBN1DM0Q5

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Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2017, 21:45
by neptune
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/25 ... e-sea.html

Navy IDs three sailors lost in plane crash in Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy identified the three sailors lost after a Navy plane crashed in the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff from Japan on Wednesday. The Navy identified the three sailors lost at sea as:

- Lt. Steven Combs,
- Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri
- Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these Sailors,” Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, said. “Their service and sacrifice will be lasting in Seventh Fleet and we will continue to stand the watch for them, as they did bravely for all of us.”

Combs, a Florida native, was assigned to “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron and was part of the carrier Air Wing Five while aboard the Ronald Reagan, the Navy stated.

Chialastri, from Louisiana, was previously assigned to USS America, the “Pro’s Nest” in Jacksonville, Fla. and Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point in NH.

Grosso, a Florida native, was previously assigned to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. and Naval Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

All three men were awarded with the National Defense Ribbon. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire team onboard Ronald Reagan go out to the families and friends of our fallen shipmates,” Capt. Michael Wosje, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) said. “We are thankful for our professional search and rescue teams and their incredible bravery. The entire Navy team is working together to investigate the cause of this mishap and we will remain focused on our mission to operate forward in a safe and professional manner to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
The C-2A "Greyhound" cargo plane was carrying 11 sailors before it crashed into the Philippine Sea while en route from Japan to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Eight sailors were rescued in good condition by U.S. Navy helicopters.

On Thursday, the Navy announced it had suspended the search for the three sailors. Military sources told Fox News that Navy officials are investigating several possible causes of the crash, including an extremely rare dual engine failure. Investigators are also looking at the plane's fuel and oil sources. Earlier this month, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joined two other aircraft carriers off the Korean Peninsula for the first time since the late 60s in a show of force to North Korea. At the time of the plane crash, the carrier was training with the Japanese military.

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Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2017, 18:20
by neptune
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/engin ... le/2641762?

Engine failure was likely a factor in deadly C-2 plane crash, Navy sources say

by Jamie McIntyre
Nov 27, 2017, 2:31 PM

A U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound transport plane suffered an engine failure shortly before it was to land on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, two Navy officials told the Washington Examiner Monday. The C-2 crashed into the Philippine Sea Nov. 22 while carrying 11 crew and passengers who were taking part in an annual exercise with Japanese maritime forces. The engine malfunction was a factor in the crash, the officials said, while cautioning it’s too early to say that it was the proximate cause of the accident. “The investigation will determine the cause,” one official said, noting that among the facts still in question are the precise distance the prop plane was from the carrier when it went down, and whether it had actually begun its approach to the ship. Eight people, including some Japanese troops, were plucked from the water by helicopters belonging to the Reagan Carrier Strike Group less than 45 minutes after the crash.The quick rescue response indicates plane, known as a COD for Carrier Onboard Delivery, was probably in sight of the carrier when it crashed. An engine failure during landing, when the plane is going slow with its flaps down, would make it particularly difficult for a pilot to recover the aircraft, Navy officials say. All the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still underway, cautioned against speculating about to the cause before all the facts are gathered, and witnesses interviewed. Three sailors died in the crash: Lt. Steven Combs, who was identified by Navy officials as one of the two pilots, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. Combs sister, speaking to reporters on Sunday, said her brother was a hero who put the crippled plane down in the ocean "Sully" Sullenberger-style that allowed most of the passengers to survive. "That aircraft is not meant to do a water landing and he was able to land it in a way that let people get back to their family," Combs said through tears on Sunday, reported The Berkshire Eagle. Combs said the grief felt by the family was “tremendous,” but said, “It does help a little bit, that even in his last moment he was looking out for others. I wouldn't have expected anything less." “Steve flew the hell out of that plane,” said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ronald Flanders. “Lt. Combs' airmanship was nothing short of heroic, and was instrumental in savings the lives of the eight survivors."

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Unread postPosted: 29 Nov 2017, 11:41
by popcorn
Putting a face to this tragedy.. Lt. Steven Combs lost his life along with 2 others but his flying skill reportedly ensured the fatality count was not higher.

https://www.stripes.com/navy-fallen-pil ... h-1.499843