2 Sailors From Florida, 1 From Louisiana Die in Crash

US Navy identifies victims of Wednesday's aircraft crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Lt. Steven Combs, assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, is shown.   (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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(Newser) – The US Navy says two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea, the AP reports. In a news release, the Navy's 7th Fleet said the families of Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana were notified of their deaths following the Wednesday crash.

The C-2A "Greyhound" transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed. Eight people were rescued. US and Japanese ships searched for the three missing sailors. "Their service and sacrifice will be lasting," said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the 7th Fleet. The release didn't provide hometowns for the men, but all three were assigned to the Ronald Reagan. The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

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