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8 people were rescued and 3 are missing after a US Navy plane crashed in the Pacific

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Eight people were rescued and three are missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The C-2 "Greyhound" transport plane was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier when it crashed about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa around 2:45 p.m. Japan time.

Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash. They were taken to the USS Reagan and are in good condition, the Navy said.

Ships from the U.S. and Japanese navies are searching for the missing people.

The names of the plane's passengers and crew are being withheld pending the notification of family members.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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