Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft

Saul Bowman
December 6, 2018

Marine Corps officials confirmed the incident but offered little information in a statement.

Six U.S. military personnel were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, which may have crashed in mid-air, U.S. officials said.

It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

One person has been rescued alive by Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, which is leading search and rescue efforts with both surface ships and aircraft, a spokesperson for III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan.

The aircraft were identified as a KC-130-a plane involved in aerial refueling-and an F/A-18 Hornet-a twin engine fighter jet.

The C-130 was thought to be carrying 5 servicemen and the F-18 two, said the Japanese official, who added that Japan had scrambled 4 aircraft and 3 ships in the search.

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

The aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a "mishap", the Marine Corps said.

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