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

06 December, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six".

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

Second Lieutenant Alyssa Morales, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, told military news site Task and objective that one of the Marines had been rescued alive, but this could not be immediately confirmed.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday an FA-18 fighter and a KC-130 tanker aircraft were involved "a mishap" off the Japanese coast early Thursday.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today.

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The last major US military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board.

Further details about the incident were not immediately released.

The statement concluded by saying that "the investigation is ongoing" and "no other information is yet available".

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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