Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Search, rescue underway for two Marine Corps aircraft

Search, rescue underway for two Marine Corps aircraft

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.

Six US marines were missing after 2 American military aircraft crashed on Thursday during a refueling operation off the coast of Japan, officials from both countries told AFP.

The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts. It's unclear if U.S. military officials are assisting with the search.

It was not clear immediately clear whether the aircraft collided while crossing in the air, or if the KC-130 was in the process of refueling the Hornet when the incident occurred. Naval Institute (USNI), at least one person has been rescued so far in what it called a collision between a KC-130J tanker and an F/A-18D fighter jet.

Officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity were unsure precisely how the mishap occurred but none suspected foul play.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.

"The circumstances of the mishap are now under investigation", Marine officials said in a statement.

However, refueling is a risky operation, Baker said.

The primary mission of a KC-130 is airborne refueling.

More than 50,000 United States troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

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