At present the investigation regarding the crash near Okinawa, is focusing on the possibility of an extremely rare duel engine failure. Fuel and oil sources are also being examined. The Navy is expected to release the names of the remaining missing sailors late Friday.
Just two days before the Navy plane crash, an Air Force T-38 training jet — with parts also dating from the 1960s — crashed in Texas killing one pilot and injuring another. A similar Navy training jet, a T-45, crashed last month killing both pilots. In July, a Marine Corps KC-130 transport plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta killing all 16 on board. Less than a month later, a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey crashed off the east coast of Australia killing three Marines. Rescue workers saved 23 others.
These incidents have raised concerns expressed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz Regarding losing soldiers in non-combat situations.