Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

A Marine Corps KC-130 aerial tanker and an F/A-18 Hornet have crashed off Japan, a defense official told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

The US Marine Corps says its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan, and a search-and-rescue operation is underway.

The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday).

The last major USA military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board. It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

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USA media also reported 5 crew on the C-130 and 2 on the F-18. It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details. "Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery".

The incident, which involved an F/A-18 and a KC-130 that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during "regularly scheduled training", a Marine Corps statement said.

USA media say the two planes crashed during midair refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed.

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