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Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft

06 December 2018
Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft

Search and rescue operations are underway.

Two United States Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 Hornet conducts an aerial refuel utilizing a KC-130J in coorlation with Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Ariz., April 10.

Seven US military personnel are missing after two US Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a "mishap" in the skies off the coast of Japan.

Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident. "The aviators retained their wings and will continue service to their country as valued members of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing", he said.

The incident, which involved an F/A-18 and a KC-130 that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during "regularly scheduled training", a Marine Corps statement said.

The statement concluded by saying that "the investigation is ongoing" and "no other information is yet available". Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

UPDATE: This story was updated at 5:45 P.M. on December 5 after one of the missing Marines was found alive.