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

17:05  06 december  2018
17:05  06 december  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast 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.

One U.S. Marine rescued from crash near Japan is dead: military © Reuters/KYODO A Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel and U.S. Navy airplane conduct search and rescue operation at the area where two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft have been involved in a mishap in the skies, off the coast of Kochi prefecture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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.

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