By Townhall. A midair collision involving a Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules and F/A-18 Hornet 200 miles off of the coast of Japan has resulted in the death of one Marine, one being rescued, and five others still missing. III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) announced the collision occurred around 2:00 A.M.
Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine Corps aircraft that were involved in a mishap approximately 200 miles off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6.
— III MEF Marines (@IIIMEF) December 6, 2018
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force initially rescued one of the Marines, with another being found a short time later and was sent to hospital for medical evaluation. Hours later, III MEF revealed the Marine had died.
“The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel,” III MEF stated. “The aircraft were conducting routine training and aerial refueling was a part of the training; as to what was taking place when the mishap occurred, that is under investigation.”
NOTABLE: The midair collision off Japan is 21st non-combat aviation crash for U.S. military this year. In 2017, there were 20 non-combat crashes
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) December 6, 2018
(Read more from “One Marine Dead, Five Still Missing After Midair Collision near Japan” HERE)
Rescue Mission in Japan After Two US Marine Aircraft Collide
By BBC News. A big search and rescue operation is continuing in Japan for five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided and crashed into the sea.
One Marine was rescued and was “in fair condition”, while another one “has been declared deceased”, Marines officials said in a statement.
The planes involved were a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima, south-western Japan.
US media say they crashed during a mid-air refuelling exercise.
The Marine Corps has not officially confirmed this, describing the incident as a “mishap”. (Read more from “Rescue Mission in Japan After Two Us Marine Aircraft Collide” HERE)