Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash Off Japan, Fate Of Those Onboard Unknown

Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash Off Japan, Fate Of Those Onboard Unknown

A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of Japan after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed, military officials said.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, U.S. media quoted officials as saying.

Marine Corps officials confirmed the incident but offered little information in a statement.

The last major US military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board.

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The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.

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.

The aircraft - a KC-130 and an F/A-18 Hornet - had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.

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