US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

06 December, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • FILE Two US Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan the US Marine Corps announced Wednesday in a statement

A brief statement issued Wednesday by the Marines does not provide details of the incident or say how many crew members were on board the planes.

Seven US military personnel are missing after two US Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a "mishap" in the skies off the coast of Japan.

The rescued crew member was taken to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in western Japan, the Marines said.

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the incident.

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The 2 planes - an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker - were involved in a "mishap about 200 miles off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 am" according to a statement from the US Marines in Japan.

The last major US military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board.

"We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation", it said. Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130.

Reports on Twitter indicate that two US military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

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