Marines miss­ing as US planes col­lide

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

FIVE US marines were miss­ing after two Ma­rine Corps air­craft col­lided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Ja­pan dur­ing an air-to-air re­fu­elling ex­er­cise yes­ter­day, Ja­panese and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials said.

Ja­pan’s de­fence min­istry said its mar­itime forces had found two of the seven Marines who were aboard the air­craft – an F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet and a KC-130 Her­cules – at the time of the in­ci­dent.

One was in a sta­ble con­di­tion at a Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion, the sec­ond was found 10 hours after the crash and brought aboard a Ja­panese mil­i­tary ves­sel.

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