Re­fu­elling plane, fighter jet crash

Western Daily Press - - Uk & World News -

A MA­RINE re­fu­elling plane and a fighter jet have crashed into the Pa­cific Ocean off Ja­pan’s south­west­ern coast after col­lid­ing, with res­cuers find­ing two of the seven crew mem­bers.

The US Ma­rine Corps said that the 2am crash in­volved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 re­fu­elling air­craft dur­ing reg­u­lar re­fu­elling train­ing after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Ja­pan.

The crash took place 200 miles off the coast, ac­cord­ing to the US mil­i­tary.

Ja­panese of­fi­cials said it oc­curred closer to the coast, about 60 miles, and that is where the search and res­cue mis­sion found two crew mem­bers.

The two air­craft were car­ry­ing seven crew mem­bers in to­tal, two in the F/A-18 and five oth­ers in the KC-130, when they col­lided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku is­land in south­west­ern Ja­pan.

The cause of the crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Mar­itime Self-De­fence Force, which dis­patched air­craft and ves­sels to join in the search op­er­a­tion, said Ja­panese res­cuers found one of the crew from the fighter jet in sta­ble con­di­tion.

The Marines said that the res­cued crew was taken to a hospi­tal on the base in Iwakuni.

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