Two US Marine planes crash while refuelling off Japan

06 December, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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The KC-130 also can be used to transport ground troops.

"We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation".

Japan's Defence Ministry said the aircraft carrying seven crew members in total collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.

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The recovered crewmember was being evaluated by medical authorities at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, according to a III Marine Expeditionary Force statement issued just before 9 a.m. local time.

Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

The planes "had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred". Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, United States and Japanese officials said.

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A KC-130 midair refueling a tanker and an F/A-18 fighter jet, which was being refueled, were involved in what the military called a "mishap".

It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

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More than 50,000 USA troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact. Officials later announced on Twitter that the person rescued was being evaluated as the search for the six missing Marines continues.

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