One person rescued after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft off Japanese coast

Leroy Wright
December 6, 2018

A US official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft.

Six U.S. Marines were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, which may have collided mid-air during a refueling exercise gone wrong, U.S. officials said.

Two United States Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

A Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to help in recovery efforts, the Marines said, adding the circumstances of the accident were under investigation.

The U.S. military's III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa Prefecture, voiced gratitude to the MSDF for their help. Naval Institute (USNI), at least one person has been rescued so far in what it called a collision between a KC-130J tanker and an F/A-18D fighter jet.

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Five marines were reportedly aboard the KC-130 Hercules and 2 flying the F/A-18 fighter jet, which was being refuelled.

A Marine spokesman released a statement saying one of the personnel from the planes "is being evaluated by competent medical authorities".

The KC-130J conducts aerial refueling operations.

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More than 50,000 USA troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

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