Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

Search under way after US military aircraft ‘mishap’ off Japan

Search under way after US military aircraft ‘mishap’ off Japan

There were five personnel on board the KC-130 and two on board the F/A-18 at the time of the incident, a Marine official told ABC News.

Reports on Twitter indicate that two USA military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday).

It was unclear if USA military officials were also assisting with the search.

"The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred", the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler statement read.


A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo.

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The Marines said in a statement that Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded and were aiding in the rescue effort.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a fighter and attack aircraft and can carry a wide range of missiles and bombs.

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