Search underway after U.S. warplanes crash off Japan

Search underway after U.S. warplanes crash off Japan

Search underway after U.S. warplanes crash off Japan

A Marine spokesman released a statement saying one of the personnel from the planes "is being evaluated by competent medical authorities".

"Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6", a press release from the Marine Corps said, according to Task and goal.

The aircraft are a KC-130 refuelling plane and an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.

A Facebook posting by the III Marine Expeditionary Force said the incident took place 200 miles (320km) off the coast.

The Marine Corps said on its Twitter account it was "aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan" and that more information would be given as it became available.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the aircraft carrying seven crew members in total collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.

U.S. media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

The Marines' statement also indicates that Japanese planes have joined in the search efforts. The reports suggest the F/A-18 is a two-seat variant and five other crewmembers were on board the C-130.

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