Five miss­ing af­ter war­planes col­lide

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS | WEATHER - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — TOKYO

One of two crew mem­bers re­cov­ered af­ter two U.S. war­planes col­lided and crashed off Ja­pan’s coast early Thurs­day is dead and five oth­ers re­main miss­ing, the U.S. mil­i­tary said.

The Ma­rine Corps said the other re­cov­ered crew mem­ber was in fair con­di­tion.

Both were in an F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet that col­lided with a KC-130 Her­cules re­fu­elling air­craft dur­ing train­ing at about 2 a.m. af­ter tak­ing off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The five oth­ers were in the KC-130.

The Ma­rine Corps iden­ti­fied the dead crew mem­ber on Fri­day as Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard, 28, of Mi­ra­mar, Florida, an F/A-18 pilot with Ma­rine All Weather Fighter At­tack Squadron 242.

The Marines said in a state­ment that the two planes were in­volved in rou­tine train­ing, in­clud­ing aerial re­fu­elling , but that it was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what caused the crash.

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