U.S. Marine KC-130 Aerial Tanker And F/A-18 Hornet Crash Off Japan

December 5, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: JapanMarinesKC-130MilitaryAir Force

U.S. Marine KC-130 Aerial Tanker And F/A-18 Hornet Crash Off Japan

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Six Marines are missing after a Marine Corps KC-130 aerial tanker and an F/A-18 Hornet have crashed off Japan, officials announced on Wednesday.

One Marine has been rescued alive while search and rescue operations continue for the other six Marines, who remain missing, a Marine Corps news release says. The rescued Marine is being treated by medical personal at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.


The crash happened about 2 a.m. local time on Thursday about 200 miles off Japan’s coast, the Corps news release says.

“The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred. Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery.”

UPDATE: This story was updated at 6:55 P.M. on Dec. 5 to include that six Marines remain missing.

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