USA warplanes crash off Japan coast, rescue underway

Frederick Owens
December 6, 2018

"Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6", a press release from the Marine Corps said, according to Task and objective.

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.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the two aircraft carrying seven crew members altogether had collided midair and crashed into the sea about 100 kilometers south of the Muroto cape in Kochi Prefecture.

One survivor has been rescued by Japanese search teams but the six others remain missing.

The Marine Corps said in a short statement that the incident occurred at 2 a.m. local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday).

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The U.S. Marine Corps said the crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 tanker aircraft.

Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident.

There were five personnel on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan. Officials said the information was provided by the USA side.

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