Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

USA military planes collide off coast of Japan

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway
| 06 December, 2018, 04:32

A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, USA and Japanese officials said.

Two US Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, a US defence official told AFP on Wednesday.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the aircraft collided midair and crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku Island, according to The Associated Press.

"The incident is regrettable, but our focus at the moment is on search and rescue", he said.

The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the United States military deployed to and near Japan.


The Marines did not release details of the punishment given to the pilots because the discipline was administrative in nature, according to The Hill. Naval Institute (USNI), at least one person has been rescued so far in what it called a collision between a KC-130J tanker and an F/A-18D fighter jet.

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.

More than 50,000 US troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

Both planes are usually based at a USA site in Iwakuni, west of Hiroshima, where numerous 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan also stay.

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