1 Marine dead, 5 missing after jet and tanker collide off Japanese coast
One Marine has died, another is in fair condition and five are still missing after a collision between a fighter and a refueling plane off the coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese officials said Thursday.
The incident, which involved an F/A-18 Hornet and a KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened at about 2 a.m. during “regularly scheduled training,” a Marine Corps statement said.
The Hornet and Hercules collided midair and crashed into the Pacific Ocean south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry. Five Marines were aboard the Hercules and two were on the Hornet.
The first rescued crew member — who reportedly came from the Hornet — was picked up by a Japan Self-Defense Force helicopter at 5:43 a.m., the ministry said.
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