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

06 December, 2018, 03:41 | Author: Bert Pena
  • One Marine Dead Five Still Missing After Midair Collision Near Japan

Some media reports said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which is near Hiroshima in the south-west of the country and that the incident happened off the coast.

Six US Marines were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday (Dec 6) involving two US Marine Corps aircraft, which may have collided mid-air during a refuelling exercise gone wrong, US officials said. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, USA and Japanese officials said. There were five personnel on board the KC-130 and two on board the F/A-18 at the time of the incident, a Marine official told ABC News.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.

It says the Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts and says the circumstances of the incident are under investigation.

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The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the US military deployed to and near Japan.

Both planes are usually based at a United States site in Iwakuni, west of Hiroshima, where numerous 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan also stay.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan and accidents are not uncommon.

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