Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Six missing after two US warplanes crash off Japan

Six missing after two US warplanes crash off Japan

The crash happened at 2am local time (5pm yesterday GMT) during regularly scheduled training, according to the Marine Corps. Japanese search and rescue aircraft were immediately deployed and rescued at least one Marine.

Both planes are usually based at a United States site in Iwakuni, west of Hiroshima, where numerous 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan also stay. Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130.

Japanese rescuers said he was in a stable condition and are continuing to search the waters for the other six servicemen about 60 miles south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island.

The Marines did not release details of the punishment given to the pilots because the discipline was administrative in nature, according to The Hill.

A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 Hornet conducts an aerial refuel utilizing a KC-130J in coorlation with Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Ariz., April 10.

Josef Patterson, a spokesman with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, told Marine Corps Times.

An investigation has been launched into the incident and the circumstances of the mishap. In July 2017, a KC-130T crashed in MS while flying from Stewart Air National Guard Base in NY to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, killing all 16 Marines and prompting the military to ground many other C-130s afterward.

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