2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 2 found, 5 missing

A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan‘s southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular refueling training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

The crash took place 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast, according to the U.S. military. Japanese officials said it occurred closer to the coast, about 100 kilometers (60 miles), and that’s where the search and rescue mission found two crew members.

The two aircraft were carrying seven crew members in total, two in the F/A-18 and five others in the KC-130, when they collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force, which dispatched aircraft and vessels to join in the search operation, said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew from the fighter jet in stable condition. The Marines said that the rescued crew was taken to a hospital on the base in Iwakuni, but did not provide any other details.

Details of the second crew, including his or her condition, were unknown immediately.

The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

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

———

Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi


Source link

more recommended stories

  • Trump ‘in no rush’ on North Korea denuclearisation as envoy heads to finalise summit plans

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald.

  • Venezuela opposition must pass over our dead bodies to oust Maduro – minister

    Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

  • Poland says still awaits Israel’s apology in Holocaust row

    WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland is still.

  • Survey points to no rebound for slowing Germany economy

    An index of investor confidence in.

  • Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protests

    search2 Video Live Shows Good Morning.

  • Saudi minister assails Iran for blaming Riyadh in attack

    Senior Saudi diplomat assails Iran for.

  • Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter

    He says soldiers would commit a.

  • Fresh supplies of US aid arrive on Venezuela's border awaiting delivery into country

    Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has.

  • The Latest: Nigeria says vote delay not due to interference

    The Latest: Nigeria says last-minute vote.

  • India warns of 'crushing response' to Kashmir suicide attack

    India’s prime minister is warning of.

  • Across the Pond: Unrest in Haiti, climate strike, royal Valentine’s Day Video

    Now Playing: Anti-Trump protesters in Haiti.

  • Venezuelan prosecutor to investigate Guaido appointments

    Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says he’s launched.

  • Germany barely avoided recession in Q4 with zero growth

    Germany economic growth has stagnated in.

  • No exit: El Chapo likely off to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

    A 2-time escapee from Mexican prisons,.

  • Asian shares mostly higher on US-China trade deal optimism

    Asian shares are mostly higher, cheered.

  • NATO chief vows response to Russian missile pact violations

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the.

  • Brazil soccer club promises compensation for fire victims

    Brazilian soccer club Flamengo is promising.

  • Spain's courts put to test by trial of Catalan separatist

    Spain’s Supreme Court is bracing to.

  • Israel says woman's murder near Jerusalem 'nationalistic'

    Israel’s internal security agency says the.

  • Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close camps

    Turkey has called China’s treatment of.

  • The Latest: Death toll in Turkish building collapse up to 18

    Turkey’s interior minister says authorities at.

  • People of the week: Afghanistan edition Video

    Transcript for People of the week:.

  • Top US envoy returns to South Korea after North Korea visit

    South Korean media say the top.

  • Brazil president shows symptoms ‘compatible’ with pneumonia

    search2 Video Live Shows Good Morning.

  • Maldives ex-president to be charged with money laundering

    Police in the Maldives have asked.

  • Some uneasy as Central African Republic, rebels make peace

    Central African Republic and 14 rebel.

  • Vietnam site for 2nd Trump-Kim summit may bring wins for all

    Vietnam’s selection as the venue for.

  • Paris apartment fire kills 10, injures more than 30; arson suspected

    At least 10 people were killed.

  • Judge approves massive Puerto Rico debt restructuring deal

    A federal bankruptcy judge approved a.

  • UAE gives pope pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit’s start

    Pope Francis received a grandiose, pomp-filled.

  • Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

    Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu.

  • Salvadoran front-runner seeks to end decades of 2-party rule

    Salvadorans will choose Sunday from among.