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00:30  06 december  2018
00:30  06 december  2018 Source:

Seven missing after U.S. military aircraft 'mishap' off Japan

Seven missing after U.S. military aircraft 'mishap' off Japan Search and rescue efforts were under way off Japan after two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft crashed in a still-unexplained mishap, leaving seven U.S. military personnel missing, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. on Thursday in Japan.

A Marine plane crash off the coast of Japan on Wednesday left the pilot missing, the Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement.

The plane had been making a routine transport flight from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, the statement said. Wednesday’s accident off Okinawa, where half of the roughly 50,000 American military personnel stationed in Japan are based, followed a car crash on Sunday on the island

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast© PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images Two United States Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.  Search and rescue operations were underway at the scene.

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.

“Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6,” a press release from the Marine Corps said, according to Task and Purpose. “The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred. Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery.”

Further details about the incident were not immediately released. It was not clear how many people were aboard either of the aircraft.

The Marine Corps said on its Twitter account it was “aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan” and that more information would be given as it became available. Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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The Marines said that circumstances of the accident are still under investigation. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the names of our fallen Marines," Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury said in a statement. Maury is the commander of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, to which the five Marines were assigned. "They were exceptional aviators, Marines, and friends whom will be eternally missed. Our thoughts and prayers remain with their families and loved ones at this extremely difficult time," he said.

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