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Posted: December 06, 2018

1 U.S. Marine dead, 5 missing after military planes crash off Japan’s coast


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

IWAKUNI, Yamaguchi, Japan —

A U.S. Marine died Thursday after two U.S. military aircraft crashed mid-air off the coast of Japan earlier in the day, leaving one other Marine injured and five others missing, according to officials.

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The Marine rescued after the crash was listed in fair condition at a hospital, military officials said.

An F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker  were “involved in a mishap” around 2 a.m. local time during routine training about 200 miles off the coast of Japan, military officials. Authorities later confirmed the crash happened during refueling, The Washington Post reported.

Two crew members were on the F/A-18 at the time of the crash and five were in the KC-130, The Associated Press reported. Officials said the aircraft took off from U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

The U.S. 7th Fleet and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and Coast Guard were assisting in the search for the missing Marines, officials said.

President Donald Trump thanked officials Thursday for their response to the incident. 

“Whatever you need, we are here for you,” Trump wrote in a tweet.


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An FA-18 Hornet maneuvers during the 2003 Australian International Air Show, February 15, 2003 in Avalon, Melbourne, Australia. The Air show attracts people in excess of 80,000 per day and is held every two years in Melbourne, showcasing aircrafts from all over the world. (Photo by Stuart Hannagan/Getty Images)
 
 

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