US military planes crash while refueling off Japan

06 December, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Myra Gill
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Two military aircraft crashed early Thursday while refueling in the air during a training mission off the coast of Japan, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) said Wednesday. Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap". Very few details have been made public in the initial Corps news release.

USA media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts. The statement added that the incident was under investigation.


A spokesman for Japan's Self-Defense Forces said that one of the airmen had been rescued but the immediate fate of the remaining crew members was unclear.

The incident, which involved an F/A-18 and a KC-130 that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during "regularly scheduled training", a Marine Corps statement said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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