Six U.S. Marines missing after two warplanes crash into ocean off Japan

TOKYO – A Marine refuelling airplane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers discovered one of the most seven staff individuals in strong situation whilst on the lookout for the others, officers stated.

The U.S. Marine Corps stated that the two a.m. crash concerned an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refuelling airplane all the way through common coaching after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, close to Hiroshima in western Japan.

The crash happened 320 kilometres (200 miles) off the coast.

Japan’s Defence Ministry stated the airplane sporting seven staff individuals in overall collided and crashed into the ocean south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.

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The Maritime Self-Defence Drive, which dispatched airplane and vessels to sign up for within the seek operation, stated Eastern rescuers discovered one of the most staff individuals in strong situation. The Marine Corps stated the rescued staff was once taken to a clinic at its base in Iwakuni and was once being handled, however didn’t supply some other main points.

Eastern officers stated two staff individuals had been within the F/A-18, and 5 others within the KC-130.

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The crash is the most recent in fresh sequence of injuries involving the U.S. army deployed to and close to Japan.

Remaining month, a U.S. Army F/A-18 Hornet from the airplane provider USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the ocean southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, although its two pilots had been rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk additionally belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea in a while after takeoff, inflicting non-fatal accidents to a dozen sailors.

Greater than 50,000 U.S. troops are primarily based in Japan below the bilateral safety pact.

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