US Marines ID dead crew mem­ber in Ja­pan war­planes crash

Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! -

TOKYO — The U.S. Marines have iden­ti­fied a fighter pi­lot who died af­ter his jet col­lided with a re­fu­el­ing air­craft dur­ing train­ing off Ja­pan’s coast, leav­ing five other Marines miss­ing and one r es­cued.

Two pi­lots were fly­ing an F/ A-18 Hor­net that col­lided with a KC-130 Her­cules about 2 a.m. Thurs­day. The other pi­lot was res­cued and the crew of the re­fu­el­ing plane is miss­ing.

The Marine Corps iden­ti­fied the dead crew mem­ber as Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard, 28, of Mi­ra­mar, Florida. He served with Marine All Weather Fighter At­tack Squadron 242, sta­tioned on Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni in Ya­m­aguchi, Ja­pan.

“The Bats are deeply sad­dened by the loss of Cap­tain Jah­mar Re­si­lard. He was an ef­fec­tive and ded­i­cated leader who cared for his Marines and fel­low fighter pi­lots with pas­sion,” Lt. Col. James Comp­ton, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the squadron, said in a state­ment.

“His warm and charis­matic na­ture bound us to­gether and we will miss him ter­ri­bly,” he added.

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

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with the Marine Corps crew mem­bers in­volved in the col­li­sion. He thanked U.S. Forces in Ja­pan for their “im­me­di­ate re­sponse and res­cue ef­forts” and said “What­ever you need, we are here for you.”

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 a bi­lat­eral se­cu­rity pact. (AP)

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