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OffbeatJapan plane crash: Search continues for five missing US Marines

10:05  07 december  2018
10:05  07 december  2018 Source:   cnn.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.

One United States Marine was declared dead and five remained missing on Thursday after two American aircraft collided and crashed off the coast of Japan , officials said. A seventh Marine was rescued and was in fair condition, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

Japanese search and rescue aircraft were immediately deployed and rescued at least one Marine . A F-18 with two people on board and a KC-130 with five Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec.

Japan plane crash: Search continues for five missing US Marines© ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images An F/A-18E and An F/A-18F (front) Super Hornet stand ready on the US navy's super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea on July 7, 2016. (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan's Ministry of Defense has expanded its search to find five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided mid-air and crashed into the sea Thursday.

While a Ministry of Defense spokesperson could not disclose details of the search area, they told CNN that it was widened to account for ocean currents.

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4 of 5 US Marines declared dead in crash off Japan coast ID'd: report Four of the five U.S. Marines declared dead after a two warplanes crashed last week over the waters off coastal Japan were identified Tuesday. Family members of the fallen Marines identified their loved ones to Stars and Stripes as Maj. Kevin Herrmann, 38, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Staff Sgt. Maximo Flores, 27, of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Cpl. Carter Ross, 21, from Hendersonville, Tenn., and Cpl. Daniel Baker, 21, of Tremont, Ill. The Marine Corps announced Monday the five missing crewmembers were declared dead and a search for them had ended.

Washington: One US Marine died and five were missing Thursday after two American military aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan , officials said. Japanese and US military officials earlier said two of the seven crew of the planes had been found.

Marine Corps. WATCH Urgent search and rescue after US military plane collision. Search and rescue operations continued Thursday off the coast of Japan for the crew members of a The two Marines who were found in the water were both aboard the F/A-18, the five missing Marines were

Initial rescue efforts had been complicated by storms and sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph. Japan's Ministry of Defense said it was still raining in the area where the planes are believed to have crashed Friday morning, but conditions were good enough to continue search operations.

One Marine was rescued and was "in fair condition" Thursday, while the body of a second has been "declared deceased," the US Marine Corps said in a statement.

The two planes -- a KC-130 and F/A-18 -- collided at 1:42 a.m. local time about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the coast of Japan during an aerial refueling that was part of routine training, according to the statement. The primary mission of a KC-130 is airborne refueling.

The planes "had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred," according to a statement from the US Marine Corps.

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Three missing marines not believed to have survived MV-22 Osprey crash off coast near The search for them has been called off. The US navy and Marine Corps, which is receiving help from In December, five crew members of an Osprey had to be rescued after their craft made a shallow-water

A US navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on “ Searching through the night, several ships and aircraft covered more than 320 nautical miles (600 The plane was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

On Friday, the US 7th Fleet said it was supporting ongoing search and rescue efforts with a Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft flying out of Kadena Air Force Base on the island of Okinawa.

Three patrol planes and three vessels from Japan's Self Defense Force as well as six patrol ships and two fixed-wing airplanes from the Coast Guard have joined the search.

Japan plane crash: Search continues for five missing US Marines© Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images US Air Force KC130J refueling tanker and two French Caracal helicopters during the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 14, 2016 in Paris, France.

Airborne refueling

The F/A-18 fighter jet involved in Thursday's crash has room for a crew of two, usually a pilot and an electronic warfare officer operating weapons, tracking and jamming systems. While a fighter crew can quickly eject from their plane by blowing the plane's canopy, it's more difficult for a tanker crew to do so.

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US Marines tweeted: " Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. US Marine planes crash off Japan coast. " We were working 16 hours, most days, for about four or five years

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The KC-130 tanker aircraft that was also involved in the collision is capable of refueling planes and helicopters while airborne using what is called a "hose and drogue" system. The drogue looks like a basket attached to the end of a long hose, and one extends from each wing of the KC-130.

It's the job of the fighter pilot to guide the port on the F/A-18 into the tanker's basket, but both planes need to maintain the same airspeed and level flight during the transfer. Turbulence, both from the KC-130's propellers and wings as well as from weather conditions, can affect the planes.

The accident off Japan occurred in the dark, when depth perception becomes more difficult for a pilot. But nighttime refuelings are not uncommon and the pilots train in those conditions as such operations may be necessary during battle situations.

The 7th Fleet

The two planes belonged to the US Navy's 7th Fleet, which is the largest of the Navy's numbered fleets. Its area of operation spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India-Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to Antarctica in the south.

5 remaining Marines from aviation mishap declared dead, search ends

5 remaining Marines from aviation mishap declared dead, search ends The five missing crew members of warplanes that crashed off the coast of Japan last week have been declared dead and the search for them has ended. The U.S. Marines made the announcement late Monday. One Marine was rescued last Wednesday, and the body of another was found. The planes — a F/A-18 jet and a refueling plane that had taken off from a base on Okinawa for a regularly scheduled training mission — crashed last week off Japan’s coast. The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan. Last month, a U.S.

Search and rescue operations continued Thursday for three sailors still missing after a U . S . Navy transport plane crashed Wednesday into the The Navy said several U . S . and Japanese naval ships and aircraft have, so far, covered more than 320 nautical miles in their search for the missing .

The US Marine Corps initiated a search and rescue operation near Japan early Thursday morning An F/A-18 fighter aircraft attempting to replenish its fuel supply crashed with two servicemembers " Search and rescue operations continue for US Marine Corps aircraft that were involved in a mishap

While the cause of Thursday's crash is under investigation, it comes a year after a spate of incidents -- most involving ships assigned to the 7th Fleet -- that included the deaths of 17 sailors.

In August 2017, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was relieved of his duty as the commander of 7th Fleet following a deadly collision between the destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship off Singapore that left 10 US sailors dead.

In June the same year, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, also of the 7th Fleet, collided with a cargo ship off Japan, killing seven US sailors.

Japan plane crash: Search continues for five missing US Marines© U.S. Navy The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain.

Those two fatal collisions were "avoidable" and "numerous failures occurred on the part of leadership," a Navy report concluded November last year.

Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee as part of an investigation into the series of fatal crashes and collisions at sea, the Navy's No. 2 officer, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran, said the Navy was trying to do too much with too little.

"We continue to have a supply-and-demand problem which is placing a heavy strain on the force," said Moran. "All of these things culminate with this notion we aren't big enough to do everything we're being tasked to do."

Five Marines identified after being declared dead in air crash near Japan

Five Marines identified after being declared dead in air crash near Japan 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.

The US Marine aircraft crashed off the Australian coast on Saturday. Following the incident, the Marine Corps tweeted that a search and rescue The aircraft was a MV-22 Osprey convertiplane, the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa, Japan said, according to the tweet.

TOKYO: Six US marines were missing after two American military aircraft crashed on Thursday during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan US media also reported five crew on the C-130 and two on the F-18. " We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force´s efforts as they

Surveys of sailors aboard the Japan-based guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh carried out between June 2015 and August 2017 pointed to severe morale problems.

One sailor described serving aboard the ship as being akin to being on "a floating prison," according to surveys obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by Navy Times.

In the wake of the incidents, the US Navy began reevaluating its operations and included efforts to improve conditions for sailors and personnel, according to the Navy Times in April.

Still, accidents have continued. Most recently, a US Navy helicopter crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea in October, injuring 12 personnel on board.

CNN's Ryan Browne and Kate Sullivan in Washington, D.C. contributed to this report.

5 US Marines declared dead after aircraft collision near Japan.
The US Military has called off the search for five Marines missing after last week's crash.

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