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

Geraldine Edwards
December 6, 2018

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said.

One U.S. Marine was rescued, but six others were missing late Wednesday after two Marine Corps aircraft collided while refueling in mid-air during a regularly scheduled training exercise off the coast of Japan. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, USA and Japanese officials said.

USA media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

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Japanese and USA officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are underway.

The survivor is being assessed by doctors at MCAS Iwakuni.

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They said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew members who is in a stable condition.

A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo. The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today.

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