1 Marine Dead, 1 Rescued, 5 Missing After War Planes Collide

first published on December 6, 2018 by

One Marine is dead, one has been rescued, and five more remain missing after two war planes collided in midair off the coast of Japan.


A KC-130 and an F/A-18 collided during a midair refueling training exercise approximately 200 miles off the Japanese coast. There were five crew members aboard the tanker aircraft and two aboard the fighter jet.

The survivor is said to be in fair condition. The Marine confirmed dead was found by a Japanese military ship several hours after the crash.

The US 7th Fleet is currently carrying out search and rescue operations but are hampered by inclement weather.

“We plan to keep at it all through the night,” Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff, said of the rescue operations, according to a Washington Post article.

The following video shows refueling operations between a KC-130 and F/A-18 aircraft.


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