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NEWS: Four Navy Aviators Missing: Updated

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posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 05:39 PM
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A breaking report still developing four Navy aviators are missing after failing to return to their carrier USS John C. Stennis. After what is being called a routine training mission. So far few details are being made available to the public other than the fact that an investigation is under way.

Please scroll through the thread for the updates, and to see the timeline as it all evolved.
 




S-3B Viking




Guardian

Tuesday August 10, 2004

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four Navy aviators were listed as missing Tuesday when their aircraft failed to return to the carrier USS John C. Stennis following a routine training mission, the Navy said.

The four were aboard a S-3B Viking as part of joint U.S. military air and sea exercises in the western Pacific Ocean.

Crews from the USS Stennis and another nearby carrier, the USS Kitty Hawk, were searching for survivors.

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



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At this time there is no further information available other than that in the above source report.

It seems that the aircraft may have crashed but the fate of the crew is still unknown as well as the cause.. Listed as missing.

[edit on 10-8-2004 by UM_Gazz]

[edit on 13-8-2004 by UM_Gazz]




posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 06:35 PM
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From another news source:




SignOnSanDiego.com

Kyodo News, citing an unidentified Japanese Defense Agency official, said the S3-B crashed off Japan's southeastern Iwo Jima island. The fate of the crew wasn't immediately known.

Crews from the USS Stennis and the USS Kitty Hawk, another carrier taking part in the exercises, were searching for survivors, according to a statement from the Navy's Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.

The phone rang unanswered at the Seventh Fleet early Wednesday Japan time.



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I hope they can find these guys alive, As of now all that is being said is that an investigation is underway.


[edit on 10-8-2004 by UM_Gazz]



posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 05:47 AM
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I hope these guys are ok. it seems a bit strange to me that an aircraft can just disappear
no "mayday". no "we are being engaged" and they we'nt in a combat area.

Anyone seen any UFOs around that part of the world?



posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 05:56 AM
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Latest report from the AP.. though not much has changed they are now saying that the plane crashed on an uninhabited island.




NewsObserver.com

TOKYO (AP) - U.S. military planes searched Wednesday for four missing Navy aviators whose surveillance plane crashed on an uninhabited island near Iwo Jima, military officials said.

The S-3 Viking plane from the USS Stennis crashed into Kita Iwo Jima island in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening during a training exercise, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.

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



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posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 07:08 AM
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How hard can it be to find the aviators? Cant they find the place where the plane went off the radar screen then make a 50 mile radius and search the ocean with Navy jets. If they crashed in an uninhabited island well use thermal sights if you see heat its obviously them cuz no one else lives there.



posted on Aug, 11 2004 @ 04:15 PM
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First of all there's no reason to believe that the Stennis really is there - reminder : there are 10 carrier groups deployed (unprecendented, sofar maximum of 5) and their position REALLY is above top secret.


www.worldsfinestnavy.com...



posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 07:47 PM
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Search Continues for 4 Missing Navy Aviators

There is more that we do not know than we do at this point.

The story is strange to say the least. The current reports say that the plane crashed on an uninhabited island. Kita Io Jima is a two-square-mile volcanic island, about 45 miles north of Iwo Jima.

The last known radio contact with the plane and crew was said to have been at at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday.

Since that time the island has been searched by crews from both the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Kitty Hawk. And yet as of this time there is no word on the fate of the crew or that any debris from the aircraft has been found.

There seems to be a strange scilence from the US Navy on this matter. Though I am sure they have their reasons.

There has been a great deal of time passed since these men and aircraft were reported missing, and given the statments made that they knew the location where the plane went down it seems highly unusual that they have been unable to find anything.



posted on Aug, 13 2004 @ 10:22 PM
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An expected but still sad update..




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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four aviators died in the crash of an S-3B Viking warplane from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis earlier this week during an exercise in the Pacific Ocean near Japan, the Navy said on Friday.

The wreckage of the airplane and the remains of the crew were found on Kita Iwo Jima, an uninhabited island about 45 miles north of Iwo Jima, the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Japan said in a statement.

The crew members were identified as Lt. Patrick Sean Myrick, 31; Lt. James Joseph Pupplo, 34; Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen Zellem, 35; and Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Joshua Brent Showalter, 24.



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Thoughts with the victims, families and all who knew them before and since this tragic and unexplained event.

Though they seem to have met their end in a training mission they are still American Heros. And worthy of our thanks and praise.

Sacrifice durring war or peace does not always go un-noticed.. at least on my part.

Heros one and all.



posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 03:21 AM
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Anyone who makes the choice to join the defence force are Heros. RIP Lt. Patrick Sean Myrick, 31; Lt. James Joseph Pupplo, 34; Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen Zellem, 35; and Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Joshua Brent Showalter, 24.



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