Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Six missing after two US military planes crash off Japan

Six missing after two US military planes crash off Japan

The Marine Corps said in a statement that the incident occurred at 2 am local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles (322 km) off the Japanese coast.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition.

USA media say the two planes crashed during mid-air refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed.

Five people were onboard the tanker while two were onboard the jet.

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

The survivor is being assessed by doctors at MCAS Iwakuni. When pilots want to refuel, they steer a boom attached to the front of their aircraft into a drogue receptacle that looks like a basket on the end of the KC-130's refueling hose, he said.

In July 2017, a KC-130T crashed in MS while flying from Stewart Air National Guard Base in NY to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, killing all 16 Marines and prompting the military to ground many other C-130s afterward.

In November, a U.S. 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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