Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft

Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft

A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of Japan after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed, military officials said.

"The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred", according to a Marine Corps Base Camp Butler statement on Wednesday. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. Thursday, local time (12 p.m. Wednesday ET).

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, USA media quoted officials as saying.

The Marines said in a statement that Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded and were aiding in the rescue effort.


"Two Marine Corps aviators were administratively disciplined following the completion of an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding an October 23 irregular flight pattern that resulted in an obscene image", said Maj.

U.S. media say the two planes crashed during midair refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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