In the latest incident involving the American military in Asia, a U.S. Navy C2-A transport plane carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed into the ocean about 900 km southeast of Okinawa, leaving three missing after eight were rescued.

The aircraft had been on a "routine transport flight" carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which was conducting joint drills with the Maritime Self-Defense Forces in the Philippine Sea, when it crashed.

The rescued personnel were transferred to the aircraft carrier for medical evaluation and were in "good condition," the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement.