MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea, the U.S. Navy said Saturday.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Confirm Shooting Death Of Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Near Zoo Miami
In a news release, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said the families of Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana were notified of their deaths following the Wednesday crash.READ MORE: Live Updates: Hostage Situation At Texas Synagogue
The C-2A “Greyhound” transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed. Eight people were rescued. U.S. and Japanese ships searched for the three missing sailors.
“Their service and sacrifice will be lasting,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the 7th Fleet.
The release didn’t provide hometowns for the men, but all three were assigned to the Ronald Reagan.MORE NEWS: Second Annual Bike Ride Held At Charles Hadley Park To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.