Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway
Gerardo Duncan | 06 December, 2018, 04:30

The FA-18 and the KC-130 from the Iwakuni base were conducting routine training when they collided some 100 kilometers south of Cape Muroto in Kochi Prefecture at around 1:40 a.m., according to the ministry.

U.S. media say the two planes crashed during mid-air refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed.

The pilots were disciplined in early November, pending an investigation into the incident, according to the Marine Corps Times.

The U.S. military's III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa Prefecture, voiced gratitude to the MSDF for their help. It is not known at this time if the aircraft was refueling at the time of the crash.

A brief statement issued Wednesday by the Marines does not provide details of the incident or say how many crew members were on board the planes.

Japanese officials said two crew members were on the FA-18, and five others on the KC-130.

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.

In November a year ago, a C-2 cargo plane carrying 11 passengers and supplies from the base at Iwakuni to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed during an annual bilateral maritime field-training exercise with the MSDF.

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