US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

  • US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

Search-and-rescue operations are underway after a pair of Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a "mishap" early Thursday off the coast of Japan.

A F-18 with two people on board and a KC-130 with five on board were involved in the incident about 200 miles off Iwakuni, Japan.

A USA defense official told AFP there had been a crash after the plane took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan. "The aviators retained their wings and will continue service to their country as valued members of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing", he said.

The last major USA military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board.

USA media also reported 5 crew on the C-130 and 2 on the F-18. The statement added that the incident was under investigation.

It was unclear if United States military officials were also assisting with the search.

The Marines' statement also indicates that Japanese planes have joined in the search efforts.

The aircraft - a KC-130 and an F/A-18 Hornet - had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.