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Two sailors from Florida, one from Louisiana die in Navy crash

By Associated Press
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan moves up San Diego Bay as it arrives for the ship's homeporting ceremony at Naval Air station North Island in Coronado, Calif., in 2004. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

MIAMI ó The U.S. Navy says two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.

In a news release, the Navyís 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.

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 didnít provide hometowns for the men, but all three were assigned to the Ronald Reagan.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.