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Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway

06 December 2018

"Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6", a press release from the Marine Corps said, according to Task and goal.

A USA official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap". "The aviators retained their wings and will continue service to their country as valued members of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing", he said.

U.S. media also reported 5 crew on the C-130 and 2 on the F-18.

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They also said they were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

The incident, which involved an F/A-18 and a KC-130 that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during "regularly scheduled training", a Marine Corps statement said. Japanese search and rescue aircraft were immediately deployed and rescued at least one Marine.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.

It was unclear if United States military officials were also assisting with the search.

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway