An F/A-18 jet at a Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, western Japan, earlier this year.

An F/A-18 jet at a Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, western Japan, earlier this 12 months.


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WASHINGTON—Two U.S. army plane with seven Marines aboard collided off the coast of Japan early Thursday, officers mentioned.

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Two Marines have been rescued and are being cared for by medical personnel, officers mentioned. A joint Japanese-U.S. search-and-rescue operation continued for the opposite 5 Marines.

The crash occurred about 2 a.m. native time when a KC-130 tanker with 5 personnel aboard and F/A-18 jet fighter with a crew of two collided off the island of Shikoku in Japan’s south.

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Each planes departed from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and have been collaborating in a coaching train, officers mentioned.

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The reason for the accident was unclear, however officers mentioned the fighter and the tanker airplane might have collided throughout a midair refueling operation.

Write to Gordon Lubold at [email protected]

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