1 rescued, 6 others missing off Japanese coast after Marine Corps aircraft 'mishap'
One of seven crewmembers has been rescued during search-and-rescue efforts underway after a “mishap” involving a pair of Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan.
The incident, which involved an F/A-18 Hornet and KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during “regularly scheduled training,” a Marine Corps statement said.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said the aircraft collided midair and crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku Island, according to The Associated Press.
Five crewmembers were aboard the Hercules and two were on the Hornet, the AP report said.
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