US Marine planes crash in Japan

06 December, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules pilot and aircraft commander with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pilots a KC-130J Hercules during a nighttime aerial refueling training operation Oct. 26 2

Both planes are usually based at a U.S. site in Iwakuni, west of Hiroshima, where numerous 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan also stay.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force, which dispatched aircraft and vessels to join the rescue operation, said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew members in a stable condition.

Officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity were unsure precisely how the mishap occurred but none suspected foul play.

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The Marine Corps suggested Japanese search and rescue aircraft had taken the lead on the rescue mission.

Both aircraft were conducting scheduled training after launching from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni when the incident happened around 2 a.m. Thursday local time. It is not known at this time if the aircraft was refueling at the time of the crash.

The fate of the planes and service members aboard was not immediately clear.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.

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The Marines released a statement Wednesday that gave few details about the incident.

The pilots, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, first aroused controversy after they flew the phallic flight pattern in their T-34C.

In November, a United States navy fighter jet crashed into the sea off Japan's southern island of Okinawa and its 2 crew members were rescued alive.

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