Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash Off Japan, Fate Of Those Onboard Unknown

Hannah Rogers
December 6, 2018

A brief statement issued Wednesday by the Marines does not provide details of the incident or say how many crew members were on board the planes.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six".

A Facebook posting by the III Marine Expeditionary Force said the incident took place 200 miles (320km) off the coast.

Japanese aircraft were taking part in the search effort, according to the Marines.

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The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-130 and is used for mid-air refuelling.

United States media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

A US official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft. The reports suggest the F/A-18 is a two-seat variant and five other crewmembers were on board the C-130.

An FA-18, like the one shown here in Australia, was identified as one of the planes that was involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

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