US Navy ends search for 3 sailors after plane crashes in Philippine Sea


The U.S. Navy has called off a search for three sailors who have been missing since Wednesday, when a transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea.

The sailors have been identified as Lt. Steven Combs; Matthew Chialastri, an aviation boatswain’s mate airman; and Bryan Grosso, an aviation ordnanceman airman apprentice, according to a statement by the Seventh Fleet.

The plane was carrying passengers and cargo from Japan to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan when it went down.

Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the Seventh Fleet, said in a statement:

“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.”

Posts on social media indicated that Airman Grosso had graduated from recruit training only a few months ago.

The crash was the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet, which is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and includes 20,000 sailors and 50 to 70 vessels.