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OffbeatMarine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast

00:30  06 december  2018
00:30  06 december  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

One U.S. Marine rescued from crash near Japan is dead: military

One U.S. Marine rescued from crash near Japan is dead: military One of the U.S. Marines recovered after two Marine Corps aircraft collided and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan has been declared dead, the U.S. officials said on Thursday. "One of the recovered Marines is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel," a U.S. Marine Corps statement said. It added that search and rescue operations for the remaining five continues. Earlier, Japanese and American officials had said they had found two Marines and while one was in stable condition details about the second were not known.

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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