Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Search Underway After Two US Marine Aircraft Crash Off Japan

Search Underway After Two US Marine Aircraft Crash Off Japan

USA military accidents are a sensitive topic in Japan, particularly for residents of the southern prefecture of Okinawa, which is home to the bulk of the US presence in the country.

"Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6".

An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter similar to one involved in an incident off the coast of Japan on Wednesday. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition.

The U.S. military's III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa Prefecture, voiced gratitude to the MSDF for their help.

Anonymous US officials said they were unsure how the mishap may have occurred, but none suspected foul play.

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The military did not release the circumstances of the crash, saying the accident was still under investigation.

The aircraft were identified as a KC-130-a plane involved in aerial refueling-and an F/A-18 Hornet-a twin engine fighter jet.

However, refueling is a risky operation, Baker said.

The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-130 and is used for mid-air refuelling. 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.

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