US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean near Japan

A US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers has crashed into the Pacific Ocean near the coast of Japan.

The Japan-based C-2 Greyhound had been on its way to the carrier about 90 miles northwest of Okinotorishima.

Eight of the crew and passengers have been found "in good condition", the US Navy tweeted.

An earlier statement from the Navy said: "A United States Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa.

"Personnel recovery is under way and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff.

"The aircraft was en route to the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is currently operating in the Philippine Sea.

"USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations. The cause of the crash is not known at this time."

More to follow.