Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Marines fighter, tanker plane crash off Japan coast, 6 missing

US Marines fighter, tanker plane crash off Japan coast, 6 missing

The U.S. Marine Corps reports that two of its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan around 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

The aircraft, a KC-130 Hercules refuelling aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a "mishap", the Marine Corps said. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition.

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway
US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

The Marine Corps said on its Twitter account it was "aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan" and that more information would be given as it became available. Japanese officials said two crew members were on the FA-18, and five others on the KC-130.

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

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan and accidents are not uncommon. It's unclear if USA military officials are assisting with the search.

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