Aviators missing after jet crashes

The Associated Press

U.S. military planes searched Wednesday for four missing navy aviators whose plane crashed on an uninhabited island near Iwo Jima, according to military officials.

The S-3 Viking from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis crashed on Kita Iwo Jima island in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening during a training exercise, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement.

Aircraft from the John C. Stennis and the carrier USS Kitty Hawk were searching the island for the four, whose identities were not being released pending a waiting period following notification of kin.

The aviators were part of the Blue Wolves squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.

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