Wed Dec 5, 2018, 07:47 PM

Six Missing After U.S. Military Aircraft Crash Off Japan

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WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Six U.S. military personnel were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, which may have crashed in mid-air, U.S. officials said.

Japan's defense ministry said that its maritime forces had rescued one person. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

The Marine Corps said in a short statement that the incident occurred at 2 a.m. local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday). The aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a "mishap," the Marine Corps said.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet, while the other was a KC-130 refueling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard. A second official confirmed that only one person had been rescued so far.


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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:12 PM

1. Update 1 rescued

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One U.S. Marine was rescued, but six others were missing late Wednesday after two Marine Corps aircraft collided while refueling in mid-air during a regularly scheduled training exercise off the coast of Japan.

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