Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap".

Reports on Twitter indicate that two USA military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

United States 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 Marine Corps said the planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred". Officials said the information was provided by the US side. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. Thursday, local time (12 p.m. Wednesday ET).

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Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

He says it is not clear what the weather conditions were like but overnight there was widespread cloud and rain across the Japanese archipelago.

A F-18 with two people on board and a KC-130 with five on board were involved in the incident about 200 miles off Iwakuni, Japan.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a fighter and attack aircraft and can carry a wide range of missiles and bombs.

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