Monday, 17 December, 2018

US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

The crash involved an F  A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 tanker aircraft Image The crash involved an F A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 tanker aircraft
Pablo Mccormick | 06 December, 2018, 02:43

A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft.

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.

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Japanese aircraft were taking part in the search effort, according to the Marines.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refuelling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. Thursday, local time (12 p.m. Wednesday ET).

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The C-130 was thought to be carrying 5 servicemen and the F-18 two, said the Japanese official, who added that Japan had scrambled 4 aircraft and 3 ships in the search. There was no immediate word on the condition of the rescued Marine or the others onboard when the collision occurred.

Rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for survivors of an aviation "mishap" during a training exercise, according a statement by the U.S. marines.

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We will update this story as details become available.

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