US Warplanes Crash Off Japan Coast; 1 Rescued, 6 Missing
US Warplanes Crash Off Japan Coast; 1 Rescued, 6 Missing
Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway
06 December, 2018, 08:51
The F/A-18 fighter jet with two crew onboard and a KC-130 refuelling tanker with five crew - crashed into the sea around 100 kilometres (55 nautical miles) off the cape of Muroto in south-western Japan, Iwaya said.
A F/A-18 jet at United States Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, western Japan.
Japanese and US officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are underway. One crew from the fighter jet was rescued in stable condition earlier Thursday.
The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six".
The Maritime Self-Defence Force said Thursday that the second person was found about 100 kilometres south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.
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The Self-Defense Forces sent 10 aircraft and the Japan Coast Guard dispatched six patrol ships for the rescue operation, government officials said.
A Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to help in recovery efforts, the Marines said, adding the circumstances of the accident were under investigation.
The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the USA military deployed to and near Japan. They were both in good condition and the aircraft carrier has since returned to normal operations, the Navy said.
The US military has also experienced difficulties with its Osprey helicopters, with several emergency landings, a deadly crash and a piece of the chopper falling on the grounds of a Japanese school.
He said that there was no information that any passing vessels were affected by the crash.
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