One Marine rescued, 6 missing after planes collide off Japan

Posted December 06, 2018

The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2am on Thursday in Japan.

Search and rescue efforts are underway off Japan after two US Marine Corps aircraft crashed in a still-unexplained mishap, leaving seven military personnel missing, officials say.

Japanese rescuers said he was in a stable condition and are continuing to search the waters for the other six servicemen about 60 miles south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island.

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Further details about the incident were not immediately released.

There is no official word on where the incident took place.

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

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A US official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft.

The US planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred".

The crash comes just a month after a US F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Okinawa.

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There were five personnel on the C-130 and two on the F-18. The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.