Two US Marine Aircraft Collide While Refueling Off Japan


One U.S. Marine was rescued, but six others were missing late Wednesday after two Marine Corps aircraft collided while refueling in mid-air during a regularly scheduled training exercise off the coast of Japan.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today.

A F-18 with two people on board and a KC-130 with five on board were involved in the incident about 200 miles off Iwakuni, Japan.

Early reports that surfaced on Twitter report that an F/A-18 (unspecified variant) and a C-130 crashed into the sea with a total of seven crewmembers on board.

It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

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Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.

In November, a USA navy fighter jet crashed into the sea off Japan's southern island of Okinawa and its 2 crew members were rescued alive. Officials said the information was provided by the USA side.

Those incidents have stoked tensions between close military allies Washington and Tokyo and led to protests against the deployment of Ospreys by residents living near U.S. bases.